The first nuclear explosion, codenamed Trinity, 16 milliseconds after detonation. July 16, 1945.

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I went to Trinity in 2002.
[It’s kinda surreal to know what happened there](http://www.wsmr.army.mil/PAO/Trinity/Pages/default.aspx). I’ve stood and touched the [obelisk](http://warbirdsandairshows.com/images/Historic%20Sites/trinitysite2008/monument-107w-1.jpg) that now sits in the middle of the remaining tower leg stubs. The casement that they brought out for [entombing the bomb](http://www.atomicarchive.com/History/trinity/images/SB42.jpg) just in-case is still out there too. There are some massive scars in the side of it. It was onsite when the bomb when off.

You can see [flecks of trinitite](http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Trinitite-detail6.jpg) all thru the soil and yes, its still radioactive. But its mostly alpha and its safe for a few hours. They say the exposure is about what you’d get flying high altitude cross country.

Its definitely out in the middle of nowhere. If you drive it, i do recommend a truck or a car with good clearance. When i was there it was all rock and graded road. If you go, be sure to drive out the other way a bit and go see the [VLA](http://www.vla.nrao.edu/). The VLA array is on the other side of nowhere too. But its very cool out there. Love to set up my telescope for a night or 2 out there.

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