Watch what spinning a record under a microscope looks like

There's a lot going on beneath the needle

Ever wondered how a vinyl on a turntable actually works? So did this innovator at Applied Science who took zooming in to a new level.


Using an electron microscope, which works by blasting electrons at an object, capturing the light it reflects back, Ben Krasnow sprayed a piece of vinyl with silver particles so that the microscope could pick up the image. Moving the needle 50 microns at a time (1 micron = one thousandth of a millimeter), he took 60 images and compiled them into an animation you see above. Zooming into the vinyl on a microscopic level reveals it’s secretly jagged edges. He also did the same with other media like DVD’s and Blu-rays.

Check out the video that explains the entire process in the player above.