This photograph, by Hannah Hansen in Dan Berger’s class at Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan, was one of this year’s top entries in the American Association of Physic Teachers’ annual High School Physics Photo Contest. Open to students worldwide, the competition provides a chance to explore the physics in natural, everyday situations or in settings staged to illustrate particular concepts. Each original photograph is accompanied by a 250-word essay, written by the student, that describes the depicted physics. Hansen described her submission this way:

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