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This Is The First Ever Footage Of Light In Motion

Astonishing.

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The following GIFs capture a quietly profound moment in scientific history.

This is the first time light, in motion, has ever been caught on camera.

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It's possible thanks to a new kind of camera with an exposure time one billion times shorter than a normal camera.

It was built at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and can take an image every two picoseconds.

That's one trillionth of a second. A picosecond is to one second as one second is to 31,700 years.

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To which the only sane response is surely...

Read more, and watch the full video, at BBC.co.uk.