The New York Times has a stunning slide show of nuclear explosion photography narrated by a photographer who was there, George Yoshitake.  Some highlights:

Staff Sgt. John Kelly in protective gear (1958):

Many of the photographers Yoshitake worked with died from exposure to these experiments (1953):

The “instants” after the start of an explosion, from two miles away (1952):

In this photo, you can see a shock wave bouncing off of the ground back into the blast:

A Navy blimp struck out of the sky by shockwaves:

VIP observers sit, apparently unimpressed, illuminated by a blast (1951):

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Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and a textbook about gender. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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