Within the Bubble’s Pop

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To our eyes, a soap bubble appears to pop instantly, but when observed in high-speed video, the process is far more complex. In this video, the Slow Mo Guys pop human-sized bubbles, giving us an opportunity to appreciate the rupture process at speeds up to 50,000 frames per second.

Once the rupture starts, the hole spreads very symmetrically. But as the hole grows, the remaining soap film starts distorting. As Gav and Dan observe, the far side of the bubble actually wrinkles up before the rupture front arrives and tears the remaining fluid into droplets! (Image and video credit: The Slow Mo Guys)

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