The first ever footage of light in motion

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

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

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

Light in motion

That’s one trillionth of a second. A picosecond is to one second as one second is to 31,700 years.
It was built at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and can take an image every two picoseconds.

Light in motion

To which the only sane response is surely…

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