What happens when you drop a basketball from 400 feet? The Magnus Effect.

Learn how the Magnus Effect makes a basketball sail through the air—or lets a plane fly without wings.

Physics is fun in this surprising video about a phenomenon known as the Magnus Effect, in which a spinning object curves away from its flight path. In addition to helping a basketball soar through the air, it can enable a boat to sail without a sailcloth, and a plane to fly without wings. Learn how in this remarkable footage.