During Their Record-Breaking Basketball Shot, These Guys Discovered Something Amazing

Science can be pretty fascinating.

Science can be a funny thing.

A few weeks ago, you may remember the guys who hit the highest basketball shot ever. Well, when they were going for their 415 foot shot, they also discovered something a bit more complex. 


Look how the ball moves when its dropped without spin.

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Now watch what happens when they drop another basketball, but with backspin.

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But why?

The effect you're seeing on the ball is known as the Magnus Effect, something that moves all rotating balls and cylinders as they float through the air. As a ball picks up speed, air on the front of the ball forces it to pick up speed, while air on the back helps push it forward.

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It effects soccer balls, too.

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