Researches at MIT have created a camera that is making headlines all over the world. Amazingly, it can capture visual data at a rate of one trillion frames per second! As it turns out, that is fast enough to capture light in motion on camera. And the price tag? A cool $250,000. To call this camera “high speed” is an enormous understatement. Just so you have an idea, most Hollywood movies are shot at a rate of 24 frames per second. James Cameron and Peter Jackson are making waves by announcing they intend to film The Hobbit and the sequels to Avatar at 48 frames per second to give the audience a heightened sense of reality. So imagine capturing 1 TRILLION frames per second. If you were to film one second of footage on the camera (1 trillion frames) and play it back at standard movie speed it would take over 1,000 years to watch. Wow!
The whole point of the experiment was to measure light as it passes through certain chemicals. If you want to read about all the geeky details, click here to go to MIT’s website with all the details.
In this amazing video, you can literally see photons of light moving through the frame in slow motion. You can see a photon of light as it travels through a soda bottle in one billionth of a second, and you can even see waves of light bouncing off different objects. Isn’t technology amazing? Now watch and enjoy.