The applications of high speed photography are near endless. It began in 1878 when Eadweard Muybridge studied horse’s feet during a gallop.

In common usage, high speed photography has two main characteristics. One, the photo must be taken in a way that freezes the motion with minimal motion blur. And two, the series of photos must be taken at a high frame rate.

The development of this technique started with a few frames per second, then it rose to a few dozen, a few hundred and then a few thousand. But, what if we took it a step further, a few million, billion or trillion?

Even The Slow Mo Guys wouldn’t know what to do with MIT’s new camera. With it, instead of watching the scattering debris of an explosion, you watch the scattering of light itself.