Of all the major superheroes who can defy the laws of gravity, Thor's mode of flight seems like one of the most unlikely: spinning his magic hammer Mjolnir around and holding on after flinging it. Is there any way that would actually work? Science actually says yes.

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Sure, he commands the wind and the storm but it always seems like the way Thor flies requires a lot of suspension of disbelief. A new video from Nerdist's Because Science show attempts to use lots of fancy math and the principle of conservation of momentum to sketch out a theory that explains how the Odinson can streak across the sky. You don't exactly need real-world scientific justifications to enjoy Thor's adventures but it's a fun little exercise.