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Uploaded on Nov 23, 2010
TARGA I reactor at Reed College, seen with the lights off, during Obscura Day. The end of the video shows a SCRAM (emergency shut down). The blue glow is called Cherenkov radiation and is made by the shock wave of the radiation breaking the speed of light IN WATER. The speed of light in water is slower than the speed of light in a vacuum. The shock wave works just like a sonic boom from a jet breaking the speed of sound but instead of creating sound it creates light.
Because of low light the video was very grainy. I did my best to filter out the graininess and color noise but the results weren't perfect. Video of the reactor with the lights on can been seen by clicking on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqTF1U...