This is what the air looks like when a balloon pops

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What happens when you blow up a balloon, fill it with corn starch, and photograph it when it pops? Apparently, you make a powderflower. And it looks amazing.

You gotta love a little artistic physics. If you want to see what goes on, in terms of air currents, when you pop a balloon, check out this stunning picture. The interior of the balloon was covered with corn starch, which makes a kind of ruffled cloud when the balloon is punctured. Inside the cloud, you can see the shriveling rubber of the balloon.

Through the center of the cloud, you can see a line released where the rubber of the balloon split. The rest is ruffled and scalloped, as the air from inside the balloon interacts with the outside world. I wish I could see a whole series of these, just to see how the dust settles.


Via Andrew Magill

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I've seen so many videos of silly things in super-slow-motion, and now this comes around with just one picture? Unfortunate. I get that the guy is a photographer, and the photo is excellent, but I'd still like to see both.