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Ore_Ele
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7/15/2012 3:59:14 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/15/2012 3:53:28 PM, RoyLatham wrote:
What would happen if a ball were pitched really really fast? A physicist ponders at http://what-if.xkcd.com...

Basically, a successful bunt is out of the question.

I'd also hate to be the catcher.
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7/15/2012 7:50:54 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/15/2012 3:53:28 PM, RoyLatham wrote:
What would happen if a ball were pitched really really fast? A physicist ponders at http://what-if.xkcd.com...

Basically, a successful bunt is out of the question.

Yeah, and you sure don't want to crowd the plate.
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7/15/2012 9:19:20 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/15/2012 4:30:51 PM, Apollo.11 wrote:
Would that be a walk for the batter?

A careful reading of official Major League Baseball Rule 6.08(b) suggests that in this situation, the batter would be considered "hit by pitch", and would be eligible to advance to first base.
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7/16/2012 1:09:31 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/15/2012 9:35:45 PM, Lasagna wrote:
Sounds like you could duplicate the effect by simply dropping a nuclear bomb on a Brewer's game...

Except that wouldn't kill any fans.
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7/16/2012 2:45:06 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 1:09:31 AM, Ore_Ele wrote:
At 7/15/2012 9:35:45 PM, Lasagna wrote:
Sounds like you could duplicate the effect by simply dropping a nuclear bomb on a Brewer's game...

Except that wouldn't kill any fans.

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7/16/2012 12:16:38 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 1:09:31 AM, Ore_Ele wrote:
At 7/15/2012 9:35:45 PM, Lasagna wrote:
Sounds like you could duplicate the effect by simply dropping a nuclear bomb on a Brewer's game...

Except that wouldn't kill any fans.

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7/16/2012 1:25:19 PM
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Forgive me for asking since I am completely science illiterate, but why doesn't this effect happen with light rays travelling at the speed of light ex. Sun's rays?
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7/16/2012 1:36:49 PM
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At 7/16/2012 1:25:19 PM, Lordknukle wrote:
Forgive me for asking since I am completely science illiterate, but why doesn't this effect happen with light rays travelling at the speed of light ex. Sun's rays?

It's only a question of how much energy is traveling in how much space. Photons have no rest mass, so all the energy is in the wave. By comparison, the baseball traveling near light speed would have an enormous amount of energy concentrated in the small volume of the ball.

The sun converts 4 million metric tons of mass to energy every second. That's the equivalent of a lot of baseballs. What saves us is that it is so far away that the energy spreads out over space to make the radiation on earth relatively low.
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7/16/2012 1:40:03 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 1:25:19 PM, Lordknukle wrote:
Forgive me for asking since I am completely science illiterate, but why doesn't this effect happen with light rays travelling at the speed of light ex. Sun's rays?

Not enough energy. Photons have no mass so their energy is proportional to their frequency.
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7/16/2012 1:45:24 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Don't try this at home!
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7/16/2012 1:45:45 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 1:40:03 PM, drafterman wrote:
At 7/16/2012 1:25:19 PM, Lordknukle wrote:
Forgive me for asking since I am completely science illiterate, but why doesn't this effect happen with light rays travelling at the speed of light ex. Sun's rays?

Not enough energy. Photons have no mass so their energy is proportional to their frequency.

Is that a Starcraft reference?
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7/16/2012 1:48:47 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 1:45:45 PM, caveat wrote:
At 7/16/2012 1:40:03 PM, drafterman wrote:
At 7/16/2012 1:25:19 PM, Lordknukle wrote:
Forgive me for asking since I am completely science illiterate, but why doesn't this effect happen with light rays travelling at the speed of light ex. Sun's rays?

Not enough energy. Photons have no mass so their energy is proportional to their frequency.

Is that a Starcraft reference?

Not intentionally, no.
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7/16/2012 1:50:18 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 1:48:47 PM, drafterman wrote:
At 7/16/2012 1:45:45 PM, caveat wrote:
At 7/16/2012 1:40:03 PM, drafterman wrote:
At 7/16/2012 1:25:19 PM, Lordknukle wrote:
Forgive me for asking since I am completely science illiterate, but why doesn't this effect happen with light rays travelling at the speed of light ex. Sun's rays?

Not enough energy. Photons have no mass so their energy is proportional to their frequency.

Is that a Starcraft reference?

Not intentionally, no.

Regardless, C:
There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. " Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.
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7/16/2012 1:59:02 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/16/2012 1:50:18 PM, caveat wrote:
At 7/16/2012 1:48:47 PM, drafterman wrote:
At 7/16/2012 1:45:45 PM, caveat wrote:
At 7/16/2012 1:40:03 PM, drafterman wrote:
At 7/16/2012 1:25:19 PM, Lordknukle wrote:
Forgive me for asking since I am completely science illiterate, but why doesn't this effect happen with light rays travelling at the speed of light ex. Sun's rays?

Not enough energy. Photons have no mass so their energy is proportional to their frequency.

Is that a Starcraft reference?

Not intentionally, no.

Regardless, C:

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