This incredible basketball trick makes physics look cooler than ever
The Magnus Effect is something most people have never heard of until now that a YouTube clip explaining what it does showed how incredibly cool physics can be.
These kids went to a 415-foot-high dam in Tasmania to demonstrate the principle by dropping a basketball from the top. While we all expect the ball to fall vertically as everything has since before we even knew what gravity was, the ball takes an unexpected turn and starts falling horizontally off its path.
The Magnus effect is particularly relevant in sports like tennis or soccer where the player can use it to give the ball a curved angle to trick the opponent, but it never looked so cool before.
Here is another effect, but be advised, it is not as majestic as the Magnus:
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