This fascinating animation by Isao Hashimoto demonstrates the geographic spread, and frequency, of the 2053 known nuclear detonations around the globe since 1945, beginning with America’s Manhattan Project and ending in India and Pakistan – North Korea’s 2006 and 2009 tests are not currently included.
The history of the popular UFO lore (though not, of course, sightings of anomalous aerial lights) is inexorably bound with the history of the atomic bomb. As the timer ticks away in the film, it’s interesting to tie it to key early dates in UFO history. Perhaps a project for a UFO-curious Flash animator?
A useful static timeline map can be found at the CTBTO site.
via Boing Boing