Man Blows Bubbles In Freezing Weather, Captures Stunning Moment They Transform Before His Eyes
Joshua Patton 1/3/2018
It's been extremely cold in much of the United States lately, and while that can often lead to people grumbling as they pull on extra layers or crank up the heaters, it also presents an opportunity for neat science experiments.
When you're snowed in, there isn't much to do anyway. So Julee Spangler-Sallaz and Chris Sallaz decided to go outside in the freezing cold and blow bubbles.
Julee described what they were doing in a post on her Facebook page:
"It was 14° so Chris and I decided to make a video of bubbles freezing and shattering when they pop! Take a gander! We used Dollar Store kid's bubble mix with a larger bubble wand from a bigger bottle."
With Julee filming it in slow motion, Chris blew about five bubbles and they watched them float to the ground while the cold did its work.
Bubble solution is just a combination of soap, which doesn't freeze, and water. The more water in the solution, the more the surface of the bubbles will freeze. If done carefully, the bubbles can rest on the ground, glossed over with ice crystals.
Chris blew vapor into the bubbles he blew, both to help with the contrast against the snowy-white backdrop and to show what happens when the bubbles eventually break.
The bubbles still float, but as they fall to the ground they don't just "snap" into nothingness when they break. The frozen bubbles will break almost like glass when they hit the ground. In some cases, they can even leave half-formed ice shells on the ground. Other times, as they deflate, they make odd structures like ice sculptures.
In this case, however, the bubbles just floated to the ground and broke into pieces.
If you are currently in the parts of the country that are really cold, you could help chase the winter blues away by freezing some bubbles of your own.
First, you'll want to allow the bubble solution to cool before you start, but be careful the water in the solution doesn't freeze. You'll want to find a place outside that is protected from the wind, which could pop the bubbles before they freeze up.
It's best if you blow the bubble in such a way that it stays on the wand, because then you can watch the ice crystals form and see what happens when it breaks up close.
Of course, you can also just stay nestled under a warm blanket and watch Chris and Julee's video below: