Watch Glass Shattering In Extreme Slow Motion

Posted: Jul 20 2016, 2:55pm CDT | by , Updated: Jul 22 2016, 9:28pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Watch Glass Shattering in Extreme Slow Motion
Credit: YouTube The Slow Mo Guys

A British pair has captured an exploding glass in spectacular slow motion.

Glass usually shatters so fast that we can’t observe the details of the process with the naked eye. All we hear is a sharp sound followed by shards of glass spraying out in all directions. 

Recently, two British people have released an incredible slow motion video of exploding Pyrex glass, revealing extreme details of the glass breakage. The pair called “The Slow Mo Guys” captured a glass which is being heated up, then quickly chilled and obviously resulted in explosion.  

The video has been filmed at various frame rates, starting at as slow as 28,000 frames per second to as high as 343,000 frames per second. To put things into the perspective, typical smartphones today can capture slow motion video at a rate up to 210 fps. 

Since the experiment involves a blow torch and icy water and led to an explosion, the characters are wearing lots of protective gear including glove, lab coat and face cover.

The video is not only intended to show how stunning an exploding glass looks in slow motion but also to make people realize how fast the whole process is. To give a better idea of the speed involved, the pair decided to drop a small bit of water in the eye of one of the character and recorded it at the same frame rate as the glass shattering. Then, they compared both of the videos and showed that a part of the glass was so quick to crack and shatter that the human eye could not even react to the water drop before the glass turned into tiny pieces. Now we can say that glass breaks faster than the blink of an eye.

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