Have you ever imagined, what would happen if a turkey plunged straight from space into Earth at the speed of light? Will the Earth be severely damaged by a 5-6kg chicken possessing the ability to move super fast, or is as peaceful as nothing has happened?
To answer this very interesting question, we first need to take a closer look at the speed of light. Accordingly, light moves at a speed of nearly 300,000 km / second (about 1 billion km per hour). This means, if a turkey can travel at the speed of light, it can go around the Earth 7.5 revolutions in just one second. Meanwhile, it also takes just over a second to reach the Moon, and about 8 minutes to reach the Sun.
Notably, the turkey itself also possesses tremendous “destructive” ability if it moves at the highest possible speed in the universe. According to Einstein’s famous equation E = mc² (where E is energy, m is mass and c is the speed of light), mass and energy are directly proportional to the constant c. Energy can be converted to mass and vice versa. In other words, the faster an object moves, the greater its mass.
For example, if the turkey is moving at 10% the speed of light, its mass will be only 0.5% more than usual. But if it travels at 90% the speed of light, its mass will double. Notably, when the speed of the chicken’s movement reaches the speed of light, its mass (and energy) will become limitless. However, this is considered impossible, since no ordinary object can travel at or faster than the speed of light.
However, even when traveling at the speed of 99.99% the speed of light, the damage that the turkey inflicts on the Earth is still enormous, thanks to the tremendous amount of energy it produces. Specifically, when plunging into Earth’s atmosphere, it creates a series of continuous explosions that are 40,000 times more powerful than the meteor explosion that happened over the city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, which caused 1000 people were injured.