Movie Fact #775 – June 7th, 2015:

The blue glow inside the nuclear reactor of the submarine in 2002’s “K-19: The Widowmaker” is known as the Cherenkov effect. In order to simulate it for the film, the crew poured 700 2-liter bottles of Canada Dry tonic water and illuminated the reactor with Ultraviolet light. What’s cool is the tonic water contains quinine, which emits a bluish glow in the presence of UV light. So the beauty of nuclear energy without all the…you know radiation and death.

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