One year after Japan's nuclear disaster, the invisible threat of radiation still lurks around homes and businesses near the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant. Now, a new camera based on Japanese space technology has allowed humans to see the radioactive contamination around the nuclear plant's emergency evacuation zone.
Such camera technology works by detecting radioactive particles that give off gamma rays — the highest-energy form of light in the universe.
Originally posted by RoyalBlue
reply to post by PerfectPerception
I like the sound of this, but what am I looking at? The people in each image (what looks like at 20 minutes, 40 minutes, and 60 minutes apart) are standing in the exact same position, maybe dis-crediting the images as time-lapse images. Of course I am really, really tired and may be looking at the images completely wrong...I dunno.
Such camera technology works by detecting radioactive particles that give off gamma rays — the highest-energy form of light in the universe. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) originally developed the technology for an upcoming X-ray observation satellite, called ASTRO-H, but successfully adapted the camera to spot Earthly radiation threats such as Cesium 137 and Cesium 134.