ODD “PINWHEEL CAMERA” CATCHES LIGHTNING (Nov, 1936)

ODD “PINWHEEL CAMERA” CATCHES LIGHTNING

Vagaries of lightning bolts are recorded with a “pinwheel camera” devised by Prof.

John G. Albright of the Case School of Applied Science. At the height of an electrical storm, the shutters of the cameras mounted on a wheel are opened, and the wheel is rotated rapidly by hand. A multiple lightning discharge along a single path is recorded as a series of parallel streaks, and a study of the film gives a clear picture of its behavior. Through the curious arrangement of the cameras, every part of the sky is covered.

2 comments
  1. Stephen says: August 1, 20114:43 am

    This is somewhat similar to the cameras used for “bullet time” effects. In those cases the cameras are arranged in a ring facing inward, instead of outward, and triggered simultaneously to produce an all-round view of a scene at a particular instant.

  2. Toronto says: August 1, 20117:08 am

    “Oh, good – an electrical storm. Think I’ll go up on the roof and spin the cameras.”

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