Watch These Dry Ice Bubbles Turn Into Swirling Alien Planets

It doesn't take a genius to realize dry ice is awesome, and with Halloween right around the corner, you're bound to be seeing a lot of it. But did you know dry ice bubbles can be used as a practical effect to make whirling, churning alien planets?


Like all good practical effects, the premise is simple; just create a soap film over a chunk of sublimating dry ice to capture the gaseous clouds in a fragile globe. Shoot it the right way, and you could swear you're staring at some unknown gas giant, floating in the furthest reaches of space. You'd be hard-pressed to find an easier way to make planets in your kitchen. [Shanks FX]

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Sweet, according to the warning slide if you're a professional filmmaker you'll be totally cool in knowing all of the proper safety procedures of handling dry ice, but it's too unsafe for anyone else. Sweet!