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At speed!

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At speed!

Almost everyone likes speed! You may not like to go fast on a ride at a fairground, but imagine the thrill of looking at something going fast, whether it's a rocket shooting into the air, a friend winning a race in the sports or racing cars on a formula 1 track. 

One of the fastest things in the universe is light. Light travels at a speed of about 186,270 miles per second. This means that although the sun is about 93,000,000 miles away from Earth its light reaches our eyes in 8 minutes and 20 seconds. 

Here is a list of some of the fastest things in the world: 

Usain Bolt – He holds the world record for running 100m. He ran this distance in 9.58 seconds in 2009. 

SSC Tuatara – In 2020 this car reached a speed of 331 miles per hour! Because it is so fast a camera system has to be used to help with the steering. 

Hunting cheetah – Can run up to 70 miles per hour. Sailfish can swim up to the same speed which makes them the fastest fish in the sea. 

Peregrine Falcon – This is a bird that can fly at a speed of 200 miles per hour, meaning that it is the fastest animal in the world. 

Tornado in Oklahoma – The tornado winds here reached 286 miles per hour on May 3rd 1999. This is the highest reading ever for wind. 

Water slide – The fastest water slide is in Brazil. The slide is 41 metres high and people reach speeds of 65 miles per hour on it. 

Remember to read and learn more about the fast things in our world in this article. 

The act of turning or directing a vehicle
The rate at which someone or something moves.
All of space and everything in it including the galaxies, planets and stars.
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