New research has found that Earth is suddenly spinning faster than usual, which will cause us to experience shorter days in the years to come and it can spell doom for us.
It is common knowledge that the Earth rotates on its axis in about 24 hours. But major seismic shifts are occurring to this established fact. On July 29, Earth completed a full spin in around 1.59 milliseconds less time than usual, according to scientists ( 23 hours and 56 minutes). It should be noted that the blue planet has spun faster before. However, atomic clocks have lately shown that the Earth’s rotation is accelerating rapidly.
The shortest day of the year was July 19 in 2020, which also happened to be the shortest month on record for Earth. It was 1.47 milliseconds less than a day.
The Earth continued to rotate at a substantially faster rate the next year, but no records were broken.
Earth’s fastest rotation ever occurred on June 29, 2022, and a day that lasted 1.50 milliseconds shorter on July 26 of that same year happened.
According to estimates, the planet may continue to experience shorter days in the years to come. According to the news source Interesting Engineering (IE), Earth may be entering a 50-year phase of shorter days right now.
Why is Earth rotating fast?
There are now no clear explanations for why Earth has started spinning so quickly. However, numerous well-respected theories are currently in circulation.
- Some assert that the melting of glaciers is to blame for the reduction in weight of poles.
- Others see that throughout time, the molten core of our planet’s interior moves.
- Although some think that earthquake activity might be the cause
- Others say that the “Chandler wobble,” a little tilt of the Earth’s geographic poles over its surface, is to blame.
What are the consequences?
According to research, the atomic clocks used in GPS satellites may be significantly impacted by Earth’s accelerating rotation. It won’t account for how the Earth’s rotation changes over time.
Due to the need to account for the effects of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, GPS satellites will soon be rendered ineffective.
In addition, since smartphones, computers, and other communications systems are synchronized with Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers, they will become useless.
As the clock moves from 23:59:59 to 23:59:60 before restarting at 00:00:00, a time jump like this can cause programs to crash and data to become corrupt.