Capturing movement in an image

With the microscope we are able to take precise images. We capture a plan, an orientation, a state. We capture a moment. And we take that moment, that state, as a reference to explain a whole experiment. But often, life is faster than physics, and things happen in that instant.

This is what happened to Jia Le Lim, a PhD student at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory – Barcelona (EMBL Barcelona), when trying to image a zebrafish larva.

This fish develops very quickly, and 29 hours after fertilization, it already has the ability to move. And that is what happened during the milliseconds that the capture lasted: the larva moved and ended up reflecting its own mirror image.

An anomaly. A small accident that has shown us the illusion of capturing movement in an image.

Thanks Jia for sharing it!

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