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Untitled (Bomb Blast)

An atom bomb mushroom cloud seen from a top down perspective
Description: Painting, Oil on Canvas; by Charles Bittinger; 1946; Framed Dimensions 30H X 36W
Accession #: 95-129-U
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As the fireball rises, it changes shape from a sphere to a toroid--a donut shape--and begins to spread out into vapor as it cools, producing the familiar-looking mushroom cap of the cloud. The darker-colored stem is composed of surface material and water vapor drawn upward by the fireball.

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