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Sonic boom

sound created by an object moving faster than the speed of sound
A sonic boom can be seen with the naked eye.

A sonic boom is created when an object travels faster than the speed of sound. When an airplane reaches the speed of sound, it makes such an explosive noise it can be seen with the naked eye. This is often called "breaking the sound barrier." The visible part of a sonic boom is actually air that becomes squashed by sound waves. The thunder that a storm makes is also a sonic boom caused by lightning forcing air to move faster than the speed of sound.[1]

The first plane to travel at the speed of sound was the Bell X-1 in 1947 and was piloted by Chuck Yeager.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "The Science of Thunder". Retrieved 2008-06-17.