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The First Bomb at Bikini

A pink mushroom cloud rises from the lagoon
Description: Painting, Oil on Canvas; by Charles Bittinger; 1946; Framed Dimensions 30H X 36W
Accession #: 95-129-C
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Captured at the peak of formation, this painting illustrates the classic mushroom cloud shape. The pink color of the cloud is due to the oxidation of nitrogen caused by high heat and radiation from the explosion. The rapidly cooling fireball is the cause of the red glow seen deep within the cloud. The blast wave created the massive waves and steam that engulfed the target fleet at the bottom.

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