23 Fastest Things In The World [As of 2023] - RankRed (2023)

We all know the fastest possible speed in the universe is the speed of light, but what about the fastest production car, fastest land animal, fastest missile, or the fastest supercomputer? Below is our list of the 23 fastest things on earth that are fun to know.

23. Fastest Roller Coaster – Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi

23 Fastest Things In The World [As of 2023] - RankRed (1)Formula Rossa roller coaster | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Speed: 149 mph

The title of the world’s fastest roller coaster goes to Formula Rossa, a steel-launched roller coaster located at Ferrari World amusement park in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It is manufactured by Intamin andinaugurated on 4 November 2010.

The maximum speed of Formula Rossa is 149 mph (239 km/h), about 21 miles per hour more than the second fastest roller coaster, Kingda Ka. A modern hydraulic launch system allows the coaster to reach its maximum speed in 4.9 seconds. Riders experience 4.8 G force throughout the journey.

22. Fastest Helicopter – Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

23 Fastest Things In The World [As of 2023] - RankRed (2)An MV-22 of the U.S Marine Corps refueling before a mission in Iraq, 2008

Maximum Speed: 351 mph or 305 knots

The V-22 Osprey is an advanced military aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff and landing functionality of a typical helicopter with the long-range and high-speed capability of a fixed wing turboprop aircraft.

It is powered by two Rolls-Royce T406-AD-400 (also known as AE 1107C-Liberty) engines, each delivering 6,150 shp or shaft horsepower. The V-22 Osprey has a maximum speed of 351 mph (at 15,000 ft), while its maximum cruise speed is 306.1 mph. Its speed is comparable to some of the larger military transport aircraft, such as Lockheed C-130, and it can easily outrun conventional helicopters.

21. Fastest Car Crash Survived – 610 Miles Per Hour

What is the fastest car crash that anyone has survived? The answer is 610 mph or 981 km/h. In November 1966, drag racer and world land speed record holder Art Arfons crashed his jet-powered Green Monster automobile at a ferocious speed of 610 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Astonishingly, not only Afrons survived but came out with just minor burns and bruises. Considering that most modern vehicle safety tests are performed at speeds of 50-65 km/h to access the safety in road-legal cars, surviving at more than 15 times that speed is almost surreal.

20. Fastest Ambulance – Modified Lotus Evora

Top Speed: 160 mph

In 2014, the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services announced that it would add a modified Lotus Evora to its fleet of ambulances. This should not come as a big surprise given their use of extravagant cars, such as Ferrari FF and Lamborghini Aventador in law enforcement.

This modified Evora has a superior power-to-weight ratio and a top speed of 160 mph. It features all the basic paramedic equipment needed for an emergency situation, including defibrillators, splints, and oxygen bags. According to a source, this sports car ambulance will cut down the average response time taken by conventional vehicles by half.

19. Fastest Eater – Star Nosed Mole

Time: 277 milliseconds

The star-nosed mole is the fastest-eating mammal on earth. On average, it takes a star-nosed mole just about 227 milliseconds to detect, catch and consume its food. The animal acquired the name from its peculiar star-shaped nose made up of 22 small appendages (attached organ).

These appendages are covered with thousands of tiny sensory receptors, known as Eimer’s organs, that allow star-nosed moles to be highly efficient hunters. They can identify prey from their smell even underwater. Unfortunately for them, their nose also makes them one of the world’s ugliest animals.

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18. Fastest Production Car – SSC Tuatara

23 Fastest Things In The World [As of 2023] - RankRed (3)SSC Tuatara side view | Image Courtesy: J.Smith831/Flickr

Two-way average speed: 282.9 mph

SSC Tuatara is the most recent production sports car from SSC North America, an exclusive sports car maker based in Richland, Washington state.

The Tuatara became the world’s fastest production car on January 27, 2021, after clocking 282.9 mph or 455.3 km/h at Space Florida Launch and Landing Facility. It broke the record set by Koenigsegg Agera RS. The speed test was later verified by Racelogic, an automotive testing firm specializing in vehicular tracking systems.

On a side note, it was Tuatara’s third attempt at breaking the previous speed record set by Koenigsegg Agera RS (277 mph) in 2017. On its first attempt, the car reportedly achieved a top speed of 316 mph but was refuted by several independent sources.

17. Fastest Non-Production Car – ThrustSSC

23 Fastest Things In The World [As of 2023] - RankRed (4)Thrust SSC on display at Coventry Transport Museum | Image Courtesy: Culture Coventry Trust

Speed record over 1 mile: 763 mph

ThrustSSC, short for Thrust SuperSonic Car, holds the record for the fastest non-production car with a top speed of 763 mph or 1,228 km/h. It is also the first land vehicle on record to break the sound barrier.

The car was powered by two Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines with a combined power output of 102,000 bhp. They were used in British F-4 Phantom II jet fighters. ThrustSSC set the record on October 15, 1997, in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, and was driven by Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green.

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16. Fastest Boat – Spirit of Australia

Speed: 317 mph

Spirit of Australia is a wooden speed boat that currently holds the world water speed record. It was designed and built by Ken Warby, an Australian motorboat racer, in the 1970s specifically for setting such records.

On 8 October 1978, Ken Warby set the official world record on his speed boat, clocking over 275.98 knots or 317 mph on the Tumut River in New South Wales, Australia. According to sources, Warby broke his record in the same location a year later with a speed of 300 kN (344 mph), but it was not officially recorded.

The boat is fitted with a single Westinghouse J34 jet engine, which was used in various jet fighters and as a supplementary powerplant in larger aircrafts such as Lockheed P2 Neptune in the 1940s and 50s.

15. Fastest Man – Usain Bolt

23 Fastest Things In The World [As of 2023] - RankRed (5)Usian Bolt during the 2011 World Champions | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons/Stephane Kempinaire

Speed Record: 100 m in 9.58 seconds

The retired Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt is perhaps the greatest sprinter of all time. He is an eleven-time world champion and eight-time Olympic gold medalist in 100 m, 200 m, and 4 x 100 relay events. In the 2009 world championships, Bolt finished the 100-meter dash in a world record time of 9.58 seconds, breaking his own record of 9.69 seconds.

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14. Fastest Woman – Florence Griffith-Joyner

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Speed record: 100 meters in 10.49 seconds

In the 1988 U.S Olympic trials, American athlete, Florence Griffith-Joyner completed women 100 meters in 10.49 seconds, a world record that still stands. She broke the previous record, held by 1984 Gold medalist Evelyn Ashford, by 0.27 seconds. Her astounding 21.34 seconds record in 200 meters in the same Olympic trials also remains unchallenged.

In the 1988 Olympic finals, Griffith-Joyner won gold medals in three track and field events; 100 m, 200 m, and 400 m relay races. She finished the 100-meter sprint in 10.54 seconds.

13. Fastest Land Animal – Cheetah

Top speed: 68-74 mph

This is a no-brainer. Over short distances, Cheetahs can sprint at a top speed of68-74 mph, and they can accelerate even faster (0-60 in 3 seconds) than most production cars. On a side note, the maximum speed attained by a Cheetah is slightly more than that attained by a pronghorn (88 mph).

It is the fastest land animal, estimated to be capable of running at 80 to 128 km/h (50 to 80 mph), with the fastest reliably recorded speeds being 93 and 98 km/h (58 and 61 mph), and as such has several adaptations for speed, including a light build, long thin legs and a long tail. It typically reaches 67–94 cm.

12. Fastest Running Insect – Australian Tiger Beetle

23 Fastest Things In The World [As of 2023] - RankRed (7)Australian Tiger Beetle, Rivancindela hudsoni

Top speed: 5.6 mph (9 km/h)

Rivacindela hudsoni, a ground beetle species from genus Rivacindela of subfamily Cicindelnae (tiger beetle), is the fastest running insect known on earth that can run at a top speed of 5.6 miles per hour or 120 body lengths per second.

It was first discovered in 1996 by Dutch researchers while performing tests on two species of tiger beetles found in Australia, Rivancidela hudsoni and Rivancidela eburneola (many sources address them as Cicindela, i.e, Cicindela hudsoni and C.eburneola). Both species have vestigial wings and thus are flightless.

11. Fastest Bird – Peregrine Falcon

23 Fastest Things In The World [As of 2023] - RankRed (8)A male peregrine falcon | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia commons/Sumeet Moghe

Maximum airspeed: 242 mph (389 km/h)

The peregrine is a large falcon species with a body length of anywhere between 13 inches to 23 inches and a wingspan of 47 inches. Peregrine falcons are known for their distinctive high-speed dive or ‘hunting stoop,’ during which they can achieve maximum airspeeds of more than 200 mph.

In a hunting stoop, a peregrine falcon makes a steep dive from a considerable height in the sky towards its prey. According to National Geographic, the highest recorded speed of a peregrine falcon during a hunting stoop is 242 mph.

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10. Fastest Fish – Sailfish

Top speed: 22 mph or 68 mph

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Sailfish is a member of the billfish family (Istiophoridae) that are mostly found in colder seas. The species is easily recognized by its relatively huge dorsal fin and a long, spear-like bill extending from its upper jaw.

Although not universally accepted, the sailfish is largely believed to be the fastest marine animal on earth. The sailfish is definitely one of the fastest fish species over short distances.

Studies in the early and mid-1900s estimated that the Atlantic sailfish could swim at a maximum speed of 68 mph in short bursts. Several sources have also reported a similar figure.

However, according to a recent study conducted in 2015, the maximum speed at which a sailfish can swim is no higher than 10 m/s or 22 mph.

9. Fastest Racket Sport – Badminton

23 Fastest Things In The World [As of 2023] - RankRed (9)Olympics 2012 badminton finals (mixed doubles) | Image Courtesy: Peter/Flickr

Maximum Speed: +186 mph

A shuttlecock, which is used during a game of badminton as a projectile, can reach speeds of more than 186 mph or 300 km/h, making badminton the fastest racket sport in the world.

Shuttlecock, also known as a birdie, is of two types; feathered, made of feathers (goose or duck), and synthetic, made of plastics. Feathered shuttles travel much faster than the synthetic ones after the initial impact from rackets, but they also slow down more rapidly due to higher drag.

A feathered shuttlecock of the highest quality can reach speeds of anywhere between 186 mph to 200 mph at one point of time during the flight.

8. Fastest Train – Shanghai Maglev

Top Speed: 268 mph (431 km/h)

Shanghai Maglev is the world’s oldest and fastest commercial electric train operating in Shanghai’s Pudong district in China. The entire project (also known as Shanghai Transrapid), which includes two 18.9 miles (30.5 km) long tracks and terminals, took US$1.33 billion and over two and a half years to complete.

The train set for Shanghai Transrapid was built by a joint collaboration between two German companies, Siemens and ThyssenKrupp. Another German firm, Vahle. Inc. was involved in the electrification of the line.

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7. Fastest Internet – South Korea

Average connection speed (mobile): 59.6 Mb/s
Average connection speed (fixed broadband): 245.5 Mb/s

According to Opensignal, a U.K based mobile analytics firm, South Korea has the fastest cellular internet with an average connection speed of almost 60 Mb/s (as of May 2020). South Korea also enjoys the fastest fixed broadband internet with an average connection speed of 245.5 Mb/s.

6. Fastest Cruise Missile – Shaurya

Maximum Speed: Mach 7.5; 5,709.1 mph
Place of origin: India

Shaurya is a hypersonic surface-to-surface missile designed and developed by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), a counterpart to America’s DARPA.


During its third and final test flight in 2011, Shaurya attained the speed of 7.5 Mach covering 700 km in about 8.3 minutes and thus making it the fastest cruise missile in service yet. Shaurya is capable of carrying 400 lbs to 2,200 lbs warhead and has a maximum operational range of 1,900 km.

5. Fastest Supercomputer – Fujitsu Fugaku in Japan

23 Fastest Things In The World [As of 2023] - RankRed (10)A Fugaku PRIMEHPC FX1000 at SC19 | Image Courtesy: Raysonho

Performance: 442 Pflops (peak speed)

The speed or performance of a supercomputer is measured by its floating-point operations per second or flop/s. Since June 2020, the title of the world’s fastest supercomputer is retained by supercomputer Fugaku.

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Fugaku is built by Japanese IT company Fujitsu in collaboration with RIKEN Center for Computational Science in Japan. The initial performance of Fugaku at the time of its launch was recorded at 416 Pflops (in LINPACK benchmark) but was increased to 442 Pflops after a hardware upgrade in November 2020.

4. Fastest Moving Star (in Our Galaxy) – S4714

Maximum velocity: 15,000 miles per second or 8% of the speed of light

In the center of our Milky Way galaxy is a supermassive black hole, designated as Sagittarius A (Sgr A), that pulls hundreds of nearby stars into its orbit and propels them into extreme speeds through gravitational boost. Most of the fastest-moving stars in the galaxy are located in that region.

The fastest-moving star in our galaxy is S4717 that has a velocity of 15,000 miles per second or 8% of the speed of light. Itcompletes an orbit around the Sgr A in 12 years.

In comparison, the sun and our entire solar system are moving at an average velocity of 450,000 mph or 720,000 mp/h about the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Even with this speed, it takes the sun about 230 million years to make a single orbit around the galaxy.

3. Fastest Spacecraft – NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

23 Fastest Things In The World [As of 2023] - RankRed (11)Parker Solar Probe testing at Astrotech payload processing facility | Image Courtesy: NASA/Glenn Benson

Relative Velocity: 93 miles per second

The Parker Solar Probe was launched in 2018 by NASA to closely study the outermost layer (corona) of the Sun. It is the first-ever spacecraft to fly into the solar corona. On 29 April 2021, the probe made its closest yet approach to the solar surface at 6.5 million miles or 10.5 million kilometers. The distance between the earth and the Sun is approx. 93 million miles.

During this phase, the maximum velocity (relative to the Sun) of the Parker Solar Probe was recorded 150 kilometers per second (93 miles per second). But this is not the complete story.

According to its mission profile and flight trajectory, the Parker Solar Probe is expected to reach within 4.3 million miles to 3.8 million miles of the Sun’s surface during its final stages by the end of 2025. It will achieve that with an anticipated total velocity of more than 190 km/s.

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2. Fastest Hypothetical Particle – Tachyon

Tachyon or tachyonic particle is a hypothetical particle thatis believed to be faster than the speed of light. The word ‘Tachyon’ was first coined by Gerald Feinberg in 1967, but it was first proposed by German physicist Arnold Sommerfeld.

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Recent studies and calculations have found that, unlike ordinary particles, tachyons gain speed while their energy decreases and vice-versa. The slowest speed achieved by tachyons is the speed of light.

1. Fastest Achievable Speed – Speed of Light

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The speed of light is the maximum speed at which any matter, signal, or energy can travel through space. Its exact value is 299,792,458 meters per seconds (about 186,282.397 miles per second). The speed of light is a universal constant and has a fundamental role in physics.


What is the world's fastest thing? ›

Light is fast. In fact, it is the fastest thing that exists, and a law of the universe is that nothing can move faster than light. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second (300,000 kilometers per second) and can go from the Earth to the Moon in just over a second.

What is the fastest car in the world 2023? ›

BUGATTI CHIRON SUPER SPORT 300+ : 304 MPH- What is the fastest car in the world? At least the fastest car with a proven track record? It's the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+!

What is the 2 fastest thing in the world? ›

A somewhat surprising second-place contender for fastest? The pronghorn antelope, which can rival cheetahs with a speed of 53 mph (85 kph) [source: National Geographic]. So there you go: the speediest animals on the planet.

Is anything faster than speed? ›

Nothing can travel faster than speed of light in vacuum/free space.

Is The Dark faster than light? ›

This is a little hard to wrap your head around, but shadows can move faster than the speed of light, even though nothing can move faster than the speed of light. In a second, we'll explain how exactly that's possible without breaking the most fundamental law of physics.

Is there a thing faster than light? ›

Q: Which object travels faster than light? The controversial hypothetical particles Tachyons are said to travel faster than light. However, according to Einstein's special theory of relativity particles regarding speed of light, they can never travel faster than light in the real world.

Which thing is faster than light? ›

Explanation : According to Einstein's theory of relativity, nothing can travel faster than light. So, by Einstein's theory, nothing in the real world travels faster than the speed of light. Speed of light is 3 × 10 8 m s - 1 .

How fast is the speed of darkness? ›

Darkness travels at the speed of light. More accurately, darkness does not exist by itself as a unique physical entity, but is simply the absence of light.

What car broke the 300 mph? ›

Not only that, but the Chiron Super Sport 300+ also became the first car to break 300 miles per hour on the track. The final record was 304.773 mph with racing driver Andy Wallace at the wheel on Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany.

What car costs $3 million dollars? ›

Koenigsegg Jesko: $3 million

The Jesko is our first hypercar that hits the three million dollar mark. From a performance aspect, this makes sense: the Koenigsegg Jesko is also one of the fastest supercars in the world in 2023 – which definitely goes a long way towards its sticker price.

Has any car hit 350 mph? ›

The Devel Sixteen, named for the V16 engine shoehorned into a lengthened mid-engined set up, has declared it will not only achieve this milestone speed, but smash it to pieces by hitting 350mph – that's almost 100mph faster than the original Bugatti Veyron reached at 253mph.

Is sound faster than light? ›

Light waves travel much faster than sound waves. Light waves do not need a medium in which to travel but sound waves do. Explain that unlike sound, light waves travel fastest through a vacuum and air, and slower through other materials such as glass or water.

How fast is light in mph? ›

The speed of light in vacuum, commonly denoted c, is a universal physical constant that is exactly equal to 299,792,458 metres per second (approximately 300,000 kilometres per second; 186,000 miles per second; 671 million miles per hour).

What's the slowest thing in the world? ›

For comparison, the molecules in your body could dash across that room in just a fraction of a second. The atoms in our frigid atom cloud quite literally move at less than a snail's pace – and that cloud is the slowest thing on Earth.

What is faster than the eye? ›

The Hand Is Quicker than the Eye.

Are there 4 types of speed? ›

There are four types of speed and they are: Uniform speed. Variable speed. Average speed.

Can we beat the speed of light? ›

We can never reach the speed of light. Or, more accurately, we can never reach the speed of light in a vacuum. That is, the ultimate cosmic speed limit, of 299,792,458 m/s is unattainable for massive particles, and simultaneously is the speed that all massless particles must travel at.

Is light faster than infinity? ›

Nothing can travel faster than 300,000 kilometers per second (186,000 miles per second). Only massless particles, including photons, which make up light, can travel at that speed. It's impossible to accelerate any material object up to the speed of light because it would take an infinite amount of energy to do so.

Is light faster than Sonic? ›

Lightning heats the air and causes shock waves. These in turn cause sonic booms—but you probably know them better as thunder! Lightning and thunder happen at the same time. But you see lightning before you hear thunder because light, which travels a million times faster than sound, arrives almost instantly.

How fast is shadow Sonic? ›

Exact numbers aren't available, but Shadow is said to be Sonic's match in speed. Fans have estimated Sonic's speed to be the speed of sound, 767 miles per hour.

Is light faster than brain? ›

Thoughts excel light in speed. While light travels at the rate of 186,000 miles per second, thoughts virtually travel in no time.

How fast is a Tachyon? ›

One of the most intriguing entities in relativity theory are tachyons. They are hypothetical particles that travel faster than light.

Do Tachyons exist? ›

Tachyons have never been found in experiments as real particles traveling through the vacuum, but we predict theoretically that tachyon-like objects exist as faster-than-light 'quasiparticles' moving through laser-like media.

Is light faster than Plasma? ›

Light travelling through a plasma can appear to move at speeds both slower and faster than what we refer to as “the speed of light” – 299,792,458 metres per second – without breaking any laws of physics.

What is faster than the speed of sound? ›

Yes, wind can travel faster than the speed of sound. Wind is just the bulk movement of a mass of air through space and is in principle no different from a train speeding along or a comet zipping through space.

What is faster light or lightning? ›

While the flashes we see as a result of a lightning strike travel at the speed of light (670,000,000 mph) an actual lightning strike travels at a comparatively gentle 270,000 mph.

Is God the speed of light? ›

The Theory of Relativity says the speed of light is the only “constant” value in the universe. Even space and time can change depending on our frame of reference. The Bible says, “God is Light” and repeatedly uses the word “light” to describe God, who, like the speed of light, is also unchanging.

How fast is breaking the speed of light? ›

At 299,792,458 m/s, it's the ultimate cosmic speed limit, and the speed at which all massless particles must travel through empty space.

How fast is Lightspeed in seconds? ›

Light from a stationary source travels at 300,000 km/sec (186,000 miles/sec).

Can a car go 400 mph? ›

There are only 12 people in the world who can say that they've gone over 400 mph in a piston-powered car.

Has any car hit 1000 mph? ›

The initial goal is to exceed the current speed record of 763 mph (1,228 km/h), with the vehicle believed to be able to achieve up to 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h).
Bloodhound LSR
EngineRolls-Royce Eurojet EJ200 afterburning turbofan
Wheelbase8.9 m (29 ft)
Length12.9 m (42 ft)
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What is the #1 fastest car in the world? ›

As of 2021, these are considered to be the fastest cars in the world:
  • Hennessey Venom F5: 301 mph (485 km/h)
  • Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+: 304 mph (490 km/h)
  • Koenigsegg Jesko: 300 mph (483 km/h)
  • 9ff GT9-R: 257 mph (413.6km/h)
  • SSC Ultimate Aero: 256.18mph (412.28km/h)
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Is there a 1 billion dollar car? ›

We've all heard of cars that sell for millions of dollars, and every year prices just seem to climb higher. Does a car exist that is worth a billion dollars? Not quite yet, because apparently even the world's billionaires have budgets. But there is now a car worth a cool $142.5 million.

Who owns the 70 million dollar car? ›

But the 3413 could sell for far more than that estimate, if recent sales are any indication. Earlier in June, German race car driver Christian Gläsel sold his 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis 4153, for at least $70 million in a private sale to David MacNeil, founder of the car floor mats maker WeatherTech.

What car broke the 200 mph? ›

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona That First Topped 200 MPH to Be Auctioned – Robb Report.

Can a car go 500 mph? ›

Speed Demon, the streamliner Duttweiler's “big engine” is destined for, is already the fastest car ever powered by an internal-combustion piston engine—481.576 mph is the official record set at the Bonneville Salt Flats in August 2020. Its owner, George Poteet, now 74, was driving.

Can a car go 200 mph? ›

Meet every member of the 200-mph club. Back in 1987, the Ferrari F40 became the first production road car to exceed the mythical 200-mph barrier with a top speed of 201 mph. Now, Ferrari sells three cars that top out over 200, and even Dodge sells a 204-mph car.

How fast can a human think? ›

Using this, Psychologists recently found an estimate of around 60 bits per second for the maximum processing speed of the human brain. Others have established that everyone's brain has a similar processing speed, although those with a higher IQ are slightly faster (E.

Is sound faster than water? ›

Water is denser than air, so it takes more energy to generate a wave, but once a wave has started, it will travel faster than it would do in air.
Some comparisons for the speed of sound in different materials.
Air at 20°C343 metres per second (m/s) – also known as Mach1
Solid steel5,960 m/s
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Is sound faster than flash? ›

We see lightning before thunder, as the speed of light is more than the speed of sound in air.

What is 1% the speed of light? ›

While 1% of anything doesn't sound like much, with light, that's still really fast – close to 7 million miles per hour! At 1% the speed of light, it would take a little over a second to get from Los Angeles to New York. This is more than 10,000 times faster than a commercial jet.

How far away is 1 lightyear in miles? ›

Light-year is the distance light travels in one year. Light zips through interstellar space at 186,000 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second and 5.88 trillion miles (9.46 trillion kilometers) per year.

How fat is the speed of light? ›

Light travels at a constant, finite speed of 186,000 mi/sec. A traveler, moving at the speed of light, would circum-navigate the equator approximately 7.5 times in one second.

Is there nothing faster than light? ›

We all know the number one traffic rule of the universe – nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. And that happens to be 299,792.458 kilometres per second.

Is Dark the fastest thing? ›

Most of us already know that darkness is the absence of light, and that light travels at the fastest speed possible for a physical object. So, what does this mean? In short, it means that, the moment that light leaves, darkness returns. In this respect, darkness has the same speed as light.

Who eats the slowest in the world? ›

Mike Eck is the slowest (human) eater in the world. He takes about 4 hours to ingest a burrito.

What are some of the fastest things? ›

The fastest speed possible is the speed of light in a vacuum, where its velocity is 670,616,629 mph (1,079,252,848 km/h), equivalent to 10,337,670 cheetahs, 5,082 of the planet Mercury, or 12.5 S4714 stars.

What is the fastest thing other than light? ›

The spinning neutron stars we know as pulsars also perform high-speed magnetic magic. Pulsars can rotate up to 1000 times a second, which means their surfaces move at up to 20 per cent of the speed of light. Far enough away from the surface, the magnetic field projected by the pulsar can even move faster than light.

What thing is faster than light? ›

Explanation : According to Einstein's theory of relativity, nothing can travel faster than light. So, by Einstein's theory, nothing in the real world travels faster than the speed of light. Speed of light is 3 × 10 8 m s - 1 .

What are three things faster than light? ›

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  • The expansion of the universe, and the speed of galaxies inside it.
  • Quantum entanglement.
  • The fastest possible cut through a piece of paper.
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Can humans achieve light speed? ›

Based on our current understanding of physics and the limits of the natural world, the answer, sadly, is no. According to Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity, summarized by the famous equation E=mc2, the speed of light (c) is something like a cosmic speed limit that cannot be surpassed.

What is the slowest thing in the universe? ›

The half-life of xenon-124, one isotope of xenon, was recently measured to be a trillion times longer than the age of the universe! This is the slowest process ever measured by direct observation. You might well ask who measured such a slow process.

What is the fastest humans can move? ›

— Steve in Davis, Calif. So far, the fastest anyone has run is about 27½ miles per hour, a speed reached (briefly) by sprinter Usain Bolt just after the midpoint of his world-record 100-meter dash in 2009. This speed limit probably is not imposed by the strength of our bones and tendons.

Can something faster than light exist? ›

Particles whose speed exceeds that of light (tachyons) have been hypothesized, but their existence would violate causality and would imply time travel. The scientific consensus is that they do not exist.

Is there anything faster than sound? ›

Yes, wind can travel faster than the speed of sound. Wind is just the bulk movement of a mass of air through space and is in principle no different from a train speeding along or a comet zipping through space.


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