The Basics of Sonic Booms (.PDF Download)

Sonic booms are the thunderclaps of noise created when an object surpasses the speed of sound. At supersonic speeds, air behaves like a fluid—air molecules are pushed aside and form a shock wave. The larger the object, the more air it displaces and the larger the shock wave...

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