I originally launched my web-related service offerings in 1998, when I began providing low-level consulting services to local professionals, teaching them about the web and what they could do with it.

After securing a respectable clientele, I decided to branch out in order to offer my services to a wider audience, and I subsequently created a more public home on the web to further the cause in 2005 with the launch of a web services firm called PALSYS.

Since that time, my work has been focused not only on technical development, but also content creation; while it is easily lost behind the media-driven face of the modern web, the written (or typed) word is still the real language that powers information exchange, and I am in the business of promoting words in general.

I am now an online publisher of engaging, enjoyable content on a variety of subjects, working to fill the web with the kind of words that people want to read. My content is published on both websites that I own and those of my clients, helping them to rank well in search engines, draw new traffic, and create new subscribers.

So what is it that I can do for you, exactly? Well, besides being something of a magician with the English language, I also boast sturdy HTML, CSS and PHP skills, along with extensive experience in social media, search engine optimization, and other forms of marketing, allowing me to offer you well-rounded assistance with nearly any project, web-based or otherwise.

What Is A Sonic Boom?

What Is A Sonic Boom?

We sometimes hear terms like “supersonic” and “sonic boom” in our daily lives, but they’re often associated with product marketing or grandiose description rather than the actual phenomenon caused by breaking the so-called sound barrier.

If you’ve ever wondered what exactly a sonic boom is, read on for a clear and concise answer.

What is a Sonic Boom?

When an object moves through the air, whether it’s you out for a stroll or a passenger plane soaring through the sky, it pushes air ahead of it in waves, similar to those produced in water at a ship’s passing. When such an object moves faster than the speed of sound – about 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) per hour at normal atmospheric pressure at sea level – the pressure waves that it is pushing ahead of itself necessarily compact ahead of it, producing shock waves which then begin to travel behind it.

As these shock waves release their pressure, the effect reaches our ears and is interpreted as the booming of rushing, condensed air – a sonic boom. As the object continues to fly through the atmosphere at speeds exceeding that of sound, it will continue to leave shock waves, and thus sonic booms, in its path.

What Does a Sonic Boom Look Like?

As you can see in the photograph above, there is also a visual phenomenon associated with a sonic boom. Appearing as a vertical, flattened cloud, this extraordinary sight appears courtesy of water vapor, but the “why” of the cloud is the more interesting topic.

While theories abound, the one most accepted postulates that, when a plane reaches supersonic speed, the sudden drop in air pressure associated with the crunching of sound waves causes the surrounding atmospheric moisture to suddenly condense into water droplets, forming a strange portal-like cloud around the plane itself.

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