The Earth Is Spinning Faster Than It Has in 50 Years

by David Solomonoff

The Earth’s rotation is the fastest it’s ever been in 50 years, which means time is passing by quicker than it has in the past five decades.

Because the Earth is spinning faster, time is passing by quicker and now, the 24-hour day is ending just half a millisecond sooner, according to timekeeping scientists.

To those living out their usual days, half a second likely won’t matter, but it could matter for things like satellites and communication relays, which rely on atomic time aligning near exactly with solar time. That’s why scientists are debating the use of a negative leap second.

Source: The Earth Is Spinning Faster Than It Has in 50 Years – IGN

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