How fast is Mach 20 really?

Assassination classroom quickly became a fan favourite where students have to kill their teacher. Who has never thought of that at least once? Anyway, the act of killing their teacher is ridiculously difficult for many reasons, one of them being that he can move at Mach 20.

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Yea I also numbly accepted the whole vague mach 20 speed aspect just believing that it must be fast. Just I never knew how fast until I did some digging. So how fast is Mach 20 really? Turns out the anime and manga were not exaggerating as that is really, really fast as in not even our rockets that break the Earth’s atmosphere go that fast.

Let me break it down for ya, Mach is the ratio of the speed of an object to the speed of sound. It is usually used in fluid dynamics. So Mach 2 is twice the speed of sound. So already by going at mach 20, Koro sensei is going 20 times the speed of sound. The speed of sound is measured in various ways  but for this I shall stick to terms of distance. The speed of sound travels at 1234.8 Km per hour. So putting Mach 20 into plain numbers and distance we get:

20 X 1234.8 Km per hour = 24 696Km per hour

That is 411km per minute, so almost 6,850km per second!

I drive about 18km to work every day and that takes me 15-20 minutes. If I could drive at mach 20 I would be at work in under a second. So basically in just one hour he could travel halfway around the earth and in 2 hours he could have gone around the world completely, so much for 80 days.

So yeah, mach 20 is insanely fast. What do you think of Koro sensei being able to travel at Mach 20? I think it is mind boggling. Even simplifying it as I have, it is still hard to wrap my head around.  This is another reason I like anime, it gets the brain working and you end up learning something new.

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