With Batman vs Superman coming out the indoor people have started coming outside for air. Which means our fellow nerd brethren crunched some numbers. Some hard core numbers. And figured out something that is truly out of this world.
At the end of Superman: The Movie, the Man of Steel flew around the world fast enough to reverse the spin of the planet, reversing time and allowing him to save the life of Lois Lane, who had died in the previous scene.
Of course, in reality if he were to do that I would hope that he would attach a go pro to his head and film it. Of course it would likely have catastrophic environmental consequences, and rather than turning back time, it would simply damage the hell out of the planet.
Is it even possible? Nerdist reports that, theoretically, yes, but it would be a virtual act of God. Here:
Through their calculations, the University of Leicester team concluded that Kal-El would have had to fly at an angular velocity of 46.296 radians per second, or 660,000,000 miles per hour — 98% the speed of light (!) — to reverse the spin of the Pale Blue Dot. But that’s not all: compared to the Earth, Superman is a very small blob. In order to have a measurable effect on the massive celestial body then, he would also have to increase his own mass 13.7 million times over.
That’s theoretically not impossible, although it would take Superman-level abilities to do so.
“Rest mass doesn’t change, as it is independent of speed by definition,” said Caltech applied mathematician Dr. Spyridon Michalakis. “Still, there is another ‘mass,’ known as ‘relativistic mass,’ which refers to the mass of an object that is moving very, very fast.”
There you have it. Move really fast and reverse time. But please, use your road sense.
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