By Luke Kenton
This incredible phenomenon sees bubbles freezing into breathtaking “Snow globe domes” before popping in the bitter winter wind.
Eye-watering temperatures of -40C in Alberta, Canada, gave light to a real blink-and-you’ll-miss-it phenomenon, witnessed by high school chemistry teacher, Jason Zackowski.
Forming bubbles in the stunning snow-clad regions of Red Deer, the transparent domes begin to visibly freeze, as ice crystals slowly form on its outer exterior, before popping under the strain of the blistering breeze.
Swirling back and forth, the crystals create a mesmerizing display reminiscent of a shaken snow globe, as the tiny iced particles dance back and forth.
39-year-old Jason, who has set up his own Instagram to document his scientific photography, said: “It feels pretty incredible to experience this phenomenon first hand.
“I could’ve sat and watched these little snow globes form all day, but I probably would’ve died from the exposure to the cold.
“The bubbles form because the soap in the mixture creates three layers.
“Between the inner and outer layer, a razor-thin layer of water is sandwiched in between. This water freezes, creating the snow globe effect.
“It was very windy, with a chill of around -46, which is why the bubbles popped so quickly.
“Each one was completely unique and as beautiful as the last.
“There needs to be frigid temperatures for this to happen, so it’s a very rare occurrence and always very exciting.”
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