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Watch: Bubbles and balloons pop at 10,000 frames per second

  • Siyi Chen
By Siyi Chen

Video Journalist

This article is more than 2 years old.

Bubbles and balloons burst in a fraction of a second. But a lot is happening in that fleeting moment.

To capture and understand the process, scientists from the Splash Lab of Utah State University used high speed cameras to film bubbles and balloons bursting. Thanks to this stunning slow-motion footage, shown in the video above, they’re able to answer many questions like, how does a bubble pop? Why does the color of the soap film change?

This is not the only fun experiment the Splash Lab has ever done. They’ve used slow-motion imagery to explore eggs spinning in milk or how to up your rock skipping game.

But it’s not just for fun. These experiments, and the imaging technology, help advance research on fluid dynamics, which is the physics of fluids and gases in motion.

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