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This Basketball Free Falling Through The Air Is Absolutely Mesmerizing

Ball-droppingly awesome.

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This basketball dropped with backspin from a dam is equal parts hypnotic and mesmerizing. As the ball falls it gradually curves in mid-air, and then skips several feet on the surface of the water below before coming to a stop.

The people who made the video over at Veritasium explain that the ball curved in free fall due to a phenomenon known as the Magnus Effect.

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