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 It's about as fast as a bolt of Lightning. In other words, the speed of a bolt of Lightning is 1 times 9,700,000 centimeters per second. (atmospheric electrical discharge)A bolt of lightning can travel at up to 9,700,000 centimeters per second when arcing from the atmosphere to the Earth. An estimated 280 million lightning strikes strikes occur each year. It's about two-and-a-half times as fast as a Meteor. In other words, the speed of a Meteor is 0.430 times 9,700,000 centimeters per second. (formally Meteoroid or meteorite, depending on the context; a.k.a. "shooting star", a.k.a. "falling star")Small meteoroids enter the Earth's atmosphere at speeds between 1,100,000 centimeters per second and 7,200,000 centimeters per second, depending on their size. The fireball effect, known as ablation, ceases once the atmosphere has slowed the meteoroid to a velocity of about 280,000 centimeters per second. It's about twelve-and-a-half times as fast as The Space Shuttle. In other words, 9,700,000 centimeters per second is 12.5260 times the speed of The Space Shuttle, and the speed of The Space Shuttle is 0.079834 times that amount. (Orbiter vehicle velocity)The space shuttle orbits at a speed of 774,360 centimeters per second. During liftoff, the space shuttle accelerates to orbital speed in 8.5 minutes, consuming over 1.59 million kg (3.51 million lbs) of propellant in the process. It's about 100 times as fast as a Bullet (Rifle). In other words, 9,700,000 centimeters per second is 106 times the speed of a Bullet (Rifle), and the speed of a Bullet (Rifle) is 0.00943 times that amount. (5.56 x 45 mm, a.k.a. 5.56 NATO)A 5.56 x 45 mm cartridge is fired at a velocity of 91,500 centimeters per second. As the NATO rifle cartridge, it is used by the military forces of more than thirty-one countries, including use in the M16 series, M4 Carbine, HK-416, and M249 Squad automatic weapons used by the United States armed forces. It's about 150 times as fast as a Jet Fighter. In other words, the speed of a Jet Fighter is 0.0071 times 9,700,000 centimeters per second. (for Lockheed Martin F-16, a.k.a. Fighting Falcon, a.k.a. Viper) (maximum speed at altitude)An F-16's maximum speed at altitude is approximately nan centimeters per second. The F-16 has a flight ceiling of approximately 15 km (9.32 mi). It's about 250 times as fast as a Bullet (Handgun). In other words, 9,700,000 centimeters per second is 253 times the speed of a Bullet (Handgun), and the speed of a Bullet (Handgun) is 0.00395 times that amount. (for .40 Smith & Wesson 135 grain Sierra JHP, VV 3N37 powder, Fed. 100 primer, Remington case) (muzzle velocity)A 0.40 caliber Smith & Wesson bullet has a muzzle a velocity of 38,300 centimeters per second. This type of ammunition has been the standard issue round of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 1990. It's about 300 times as fast as The Speed of Sound. In other words, 9,700,000 centimeters per second is 283 times the speed of The Speed of Sound, and the speed of The Speed of Sound is 0.00353 times that amount. (in dry air at 20°C)The speed of sound in dry air at 20°C (68°F) is 34,300 centimeters per second. Air is a relatively poor acoustic conductor, however, as sound will travel at speeds of between 150,000 centimeters per second to 156,000 centimeters per second in water, depending on its salinity.