# Would a grain of sand at the speed of light destroy Earth?

## What if something hit Earth at the speed of light?

Well, experts say the energy would be so unmatched, that the crater formed by the collision, would not just be bigger than that caused by a meteor strike; but would also create a series of tragic events that would rip the planet apart.

## Does Earth move faster than light?

Nothing can travel faster than 300,000 kilometers per second (186,000 miles per second). Only massless particles, including photons, which make up light, can travel at that speed. It’s impossible to accelerate any material object up to the speed of light because it would take an infinite amount of energy to do so.

## What is the slowest thing on Earth other than light?

The atoms in our frigid atom cloud quite literally move at less than a snail’s pace – and that cloud is the slowest thing on Earth.

## How heavy is a grain of sand?

The average mass of a grain of sand on a beach is about 0.00001562 grams.

## Can sand be converted into energy?

Many solid materials, such as sand, can be heated to temperatures well above the boiling point of water. Sand-based heat storages can store several times the amount of energy that can be stored in a water tank of a similar size; this is thanks to the large temperature range allowed by the sand.

## How tiny is a grain of sand?

Any particles from 0.06mm to 2.0mm are considered to be sand. Particles larger than size 5 are considered gravel.

## Will humans break the speed of light?

Despite what science fiction may suggest, humanity will never be able to travel at the speed of light. That said, we could theoretically get close. To cause the fewest problems for our human occupants, it would best to maintain the acceleration our body is familiar with: Earth’s gravitational pull.

## Is it possible to survive the speed of light?

Based on our current understanding of physics and the limits of the natural world, the answer, sadly, is no.

## What if a grain of rice hit Earth at the speed of light?

If a single grain of rice were really at the speed of light, it would have an infinite amount of energy. If it were to hit the earth, that much energy would be released. This would recreate the big bang. The earth would be obliterated.