Over-Inflating a Balloon : 2011

Photograph by

Ted Kinsman

About this image

High-speed flash image showing a balloon shortly after it has burst. A few millilitres of water were put in the balloon before it was inflated. When it burst, the sudden drop in pressure allowed water vapour inside to cool rapidly, forming the water droplets seen here. The flash was triggered by the sound of the balloon bursting, its duration of 50 microseconds freezing the moment. Kinsman Physics Productions, Rochester, New York, U.S.A