What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?

A quirky science link, with cartoons! I think I am turning into Dave Ng…

From XKCD’s “What if?” blog,

“What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?”

Spoiler alert:

Everything within roughly a mile of the park is leveled, and a firestorm engulfs the surrounding city. The baseball diamond is now a sizable crater, centered a few hundred feet behind the former location of the backstop.

Read the post in its entirety to understand everything in between.

Side note, the fastest pitch ever recorded is 105MPH (603,999,895 MPH slower than the above pitch):

Gordon Katic (@gordonkatic) has been student coordinator for the Terry Project for over two years, and in that time started BARtalk, and the Terry Project on CiTR 101.9FM. A former Ubyssey columnist, and now a student at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Gordon is trying to use journalism to tell important stories about global issues.

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Gordon Katic (@gordonkatic) has been student coordinator for the Terry Project for over two years, and in that time started BARtalk, and the Terry Project on CiTR 101.9FM. A former Ubyssey columnist, and now a student at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Gordon is trying to use journalism to tell important stories about global issues.

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