# How fast could you throw a baseball on the moon?

## How fast could you throw a baseball on the moon?

There is almost no atmosphere on the Moon. This means that there is no drag force to reduce the horizontal speed of a baseball pitched there. So a 90 mph fastball will still be moving 90 mph when it crosses home plate on the Moon.

### How fast would you have to throw a ball to go around the Earth?

If a player could throw the ball hard enough so that it reaches the necessary velocity, the ball would go into orbit. It would never fall back to Earth. Throw it harder still, so that it reaches a speed of 11.2 km/s (40,300 km/h) – known as ‘escape velocity’ – and the ball will leave the Earth altogether.

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#### Could you throw a baseball into orbit on the moon?

if what you are asking is if the ball would escape from the moon the answer is no. Escape velocity form the moon is 2.38 Km/s. A hit ball leaves the bat at about 60 km/hour. You can’t break an orbit; you can only change it.

What is the fastest baseball ever thrown in space?

Watch NASA Astronauts Throw a 17,500 MPH Fastball

• A video posted to Twitter earlier this week shows NASA astronauts playing a pick-up game of baseball in space.
• Jessica Meir pitched a record-breaking 17,500 mph fastball in space.

What happens if you throw a baseball in space?

If one throws it in the direction of motion, it will speed up and go further out, causing the orbital period to lengthen. It would be at the same spot later then the station. Throwing the opposite direction will cause it to slow down, lowering it’s orbital period, and the ball will arrive first at the spot.

## Is it possible to throw a ball around the Earth?

You’re correct. On a perfectly spherical, atmosphere-free Earth, with no obstacles as tall as you, with a uniformly spherical gravitational field, it would be possible; the low point of the orbit would be at the altitude you threw the ball from, a couple of meters above the surface.

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### Would you throw a baseball around the world?

At this length, one full revolution around the Earth would be 40,379 kilometers(25,090 miles) and would take the ball 5,146 seconds, or 86 minutes. That being said, the orbit the ball takes will intersect Earth’s atmosphere, and the perigee will be where Invincible throws it from.

#### How strong would you be on the moon?

The Moon’s gravity is weaker than the Earth’s — in fact it is 1/6th as strong as on Earth. When you’re on the Moon, you are 1/6th as heavy. So if you weigh 75 pounds on Earth, you would only weigh about 12 pounds on the Moon. But your muscles are as strong as they are on Earth, so you can jump 6 times farther!

How far should you be able to throw a baseball?

We simply state that you need to throw out to 120 feet before meeting the criteria to begin throwing off a mound. Some players will want to go past 120 feet (and should), while others will not.

What would happen if you thrown a baseball on the Moon?

Since pitchers can throw baseballs that spin quickly, this effect causes fastballs to drop a few feet less than a spin-less pitch would and curve balls to drop a few feet more. A pitcher on the moon would then have a significantly harder time fooling a batter.

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## Does a baseball pitch travel faster on Earth or on the Moon?

ANSWER: In order to figure out whether a baseball pitch travels faster on Earth or on the Moon, we need to know the forces that act on the ball once the pitcher releases it. Let’s think about a pitcher throwing a baseball horizontally from the pitching mound to home plate on Earth.

### What would happen to a 90 mph fastball on the Moon?

So a 90 mph fastball will still be moving 90 mph when it crosses home plate on the Moon. The force of gravity is about six times weaker on the Moon due to its smaller size and lower mass. So the pitch will only drop about half a foot and be moving downward about 2 mph when it reaches the plate.

#### How does gravity affect the speed of a baseball?

Gravity will also be accelerating the ball vertically down as it travels to home plate and will cause its downward velocity to increase from 0 to about 10 mph. This downward velocity is not very important compared to the speed that the ball is moving horizontally.