Flying at lightspeed?
If you fly through Earth's atmosphere at the speed of light, would you catch fire?
- Andrew SmithLv 74 weeks agoFavorite Answer
You wouldn't have time to catch fire. You would be vaporized. Atomized. Disintegrated. Cease to exist. All in the first microsecond. Fire is the combination of material with oxygen. And that takes some time. Time that you wouldn't have.
- WhoLv 74 weeks ago
at the speed of light time stands still (for you) - so there would be no time to catch fire
(you could cross the universe in zero time (your time)
- KrishnamurthyLv 74 weeks ago
The speed of light =
299 792 458 m / s
- ZirpLv 74 weeks ago
Pieces of rubble flying at a tiny fraction of lightspeed get vaporised as soon as they enter the athmosphere
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- 4 weeks ago
Not a chance. Fire is hot and everyone knows you can catch "COLD" but not "HOT" !!
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
By all means !!! You'll get incinerated
- az_lenderLv 74 weeks ago
A web page on sciencefocus.com suggests that in the lower troposphere, you could catch fire by going a mere 6000 km/h (whereas the speed of light is nearly 200000 times that fast).
- BobLv 74 weeks ago
definitely. you'd catch on fire going much slower than lightspeed.
- Pearl LLv 74 weeks ago
i would hope not but anything is possible