Watch "Slo-Mo" YouTubers fire a bullet directly into a Newton’s cradle

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Derya Ozdemir

Have you ever heard of Newton's cradle? Even if you don't recognize the name, you've probably seen the device, which can be seen on many office decks throughout the world: Five little silver balls are suspended in a perfectly straight line by thin threads that connect them to two parallel horizontal bars, which are joined to a base.

Simply described, Newton's cradle is a device that uses swinging spheres to demonstrate momentum and energy conservation. In this video by Slow Mo Guys, the YouTubers Gav and Dan shoot a Newton’s cradle and capture the action in ultra-slow motion.

Since the ball bearings are substantially harder than the bullet, the bullet shatters on impact, sending Newton's cradle flying as a result. If you're curious to learn more about it, make sure you watch the video embedded above, and as always, enjoy.

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