On the 29th of June 2022, scientists calculated that the Earth had lost 1.59 milliseconds off the time it takes to rotate fully. On the 26th of July this occurred again with 1.5 milliseconds being lost. During 2020, it was recorded that the Earth had sped up its rotation 28 times, therefore concluding that it is possible that the Earth is spinning faster.
Scientists calculated that the Earth had lost
1.59 milliseconds off the time it takes to rotate fully
On average the Earth rotates on its axis at 1,000 miles per hour, which maintains the existence of our 24-hour clock. Scientists believe that this quickening of the Earth’s rotations could be occurring for a number of reasons. Although many believe it is due to climate change.
Scientists have found that the different parts of the Earth affect the way it spins, including its layers, the levels of the oceans, the tides and its climate. In regards to climate, as our planet warms up, our ice caps are melting at a quicker rate. This doesn’t just rise ocean levels, but it also changes the shape of the Earth itself.
Currently, the Earth is not perfectly round, if the ice caps continue to melt, the Earth is predicted to become rounder. Scientists have stated that if this happens, the majority of the Earth’s mass will be central, which according to the laws of physics, would make the Earth spin faster.
Scientists have warned that we
could lose time in our days.
If the Earth begins to frequently spin at a quicker rate, the chances are that our days would begin to get shorter, and scientists have warned that, although only seconds, we could lose time in our days. This could cause disruption to businesses, industries and technologies that rely on timekeeping.