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• Hey Vsauce I'm Jake and if you've played Injustice: Gods Among Us, you know how awesome it is

• to be Superman and punch people into space. But what if he were to hit you in real life?

• What would happen if someone who is able to lift 200 quintillion tons with one hand, power

• the sun or, my favorite, punch dimensions apart...were to punch you?

• And this brings up an interesting idea: Superman -- and really any fictional character -- is

• only as powerful as the person writing them. He has gone from being able to leap tall buildings

• in a single bound to moving faster than the speed of light. In this theory, no matter

• how strong Superman is, there is one universal law of physics he can't break--that nothing

• with mass can achieve--travelling the speed of light. So we will put him 1% below that

• 299,792,458 m/s limit at 99% the speed of light.

• So you're, unfortunately, in a fight with the Man of Steel who, in this case, will not

• restrain himself when hitting you. If his fist has an average mass of 300 grams and

• it's moving at 99% the speed of light, it would have a total energy of about 190,000,000,000,000,000

• joules. Which is equivalent to 45 Megatons of TNT or over 2,800 times more powerful than

• the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Throwing just one punch at near the

• speed of light with that much energy would burn around 45,400,000,000,000 calories or

• almost 82 billion Big Macs.

• Now you have one of the largest bombs ever, condensed into a fist, and aimed at your face. What

• happens when Superman releases that punch?

• This is when it gets incredibly cool...or incredibly hot since the energy being released

• by Superman's fist would be around 80,000,000,000,000 Kelvin, which is 5 million times hotter than

• the core of our sun.

• It takes about 1 centisecond for the light that hits your retina to then be processed

• by the brain, so since the punch is travelling at near the speed of light, it would only

• take 3.4 Nanoseconds for the fist to get to you. So you literally wouldn't see it coming.

• But what we can see is that from the fist's perspective, since it is moving at an amazing

• 296 million meters a second, all of time is practically frozen. The particles in the air,

• the oxygen and nitrogen, are just suspended in time. And Superman's hand hits them with

• such energy that it creates nuclear fusion. Gamma rays explode from every collision and

• create an explosion unlike any the Earth has ever seen. A giant fireball engulfs the surrounding

• area and a blast wave shoots out, shattering windows, structures and rips trees out of

• the ground. There might be fictional characters with more powerful punches, but at this point,

• when it comes to you still existing, it doesn't matter...

• Superman wouldn't only knock the wind out of you, he would knock the atoms out of you.

• His fist has pretty much become a particle beam. At 7,000,000,000 electron volts it is

• more powerful than the Jefferson Labs Particle Accelerator in Virginia. The atoms that made

• up you would be completely disintegrated, liquified at the atomic level. You'd turn

• into fundamental particles and quark-gluon plasma which is what was created right after

• the Big Bang. And from all of this energy, new particles and anti-particles would form.

• So out of your unfortunate destruction, something new, something we might not have ever seen

• before, could be created.

• To visualize the explosion we can use Nuke Map to see what a 45 megaton bomb would look

• like in terms of sheer damage, but what we can't really show is that the damage from Superman's

• punch would look more like a traffic cone with a beam shooting out from where his fist

• landed, destroying everything in its path and creating an explosion all around him.

• It would leave a crater almost 1km in diameter and 221 meters deep.

• So how close could you or I come to having 'Superman's strength'? My friends at AsapSCIENCE

• breakdown strength muscle growth and how superhuman strength may be more attainable than ever

• before.

• Don't piss of Superman and as always, thanks for watching.

Hey Vsauce I'm Jake and if you've played Injustice: Gods Among Us, you know how awesome it is

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# What if Superman Punched You?

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