03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bouncing Water Droplets Captured By High-Speed Camera (VIDEO)

So what really happens when a drop of water falls?

It might look like it passes directly into the liquid below, but seen through a high-speed camera, it becomes clear that something else surprising actually takes place: the droplet bounces.

See for yourself (and find out why) in the video below, which captures a falling droplet of water shot at 2,000 frames per second, and slowed down to one-sixty-seventh of the original speed.