• Question: will a bullet still have the same trajectory wherever its shot from

    Asked by Ben&Jerry to Kathryn, Graeme, Chris, Anne, Agnes, Adam on 8 Nov 2018. This question was also asked by creed.
    • Photo: Anne Green

      Anne Green answered on 8 Nov 2018:


      The trajectory of a bullet depends on two things (in addition to the speed and direction in which it’s initially fired): air resistance and the strength of gravity. The strength of gravity is roughly the same anywhere on the surface of the Earth. However if you go to high altitude the air has a lower density, therefore the air resistance is smaller and the bullet will travel further.

    • Photo: Agnes Wojtusiak

      Agnes Wojtusiak answered on 9 Nov 2018:


      Imagine how far a bullet can go in space then!!!
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      But if you shot a gun while floating in space, it would push back on you, and you’d shoot off in the other direction… Could be fun, depending on where you end up xD

    • Photo: Kathryn

      Kathryn answered on 13 Nov 2018:


      Anne has answered this question very well.

    • Photo: Graeme Poole

      Graeme Poole answered on 13 Nov 2018:


      It depends on the altitude and how thick the air is (like Anne said)

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