Tank Shock Waves

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High-speed video of a tank firing at 18000 fps shows shock waves made visible due to light distortion. When the air density changes (due to temperature or compression), it’s index of refraction changes, causing the background to appear distorted. Most of the video shows the subsonic development of the turbulent exhaust plume. Note the speed at which the exhaust moves relative to the airborne shrapnel. (submitted by Stephan)

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