The Earth’s rotational movement is getting faster and faster: why?

The Earth's rotational movement is getting faster and faster: why?

THE Earth it is not stationary, which leads us to believe that it is in constant motion. Some of these movements can have a direct impact on our lives, and one example is rotation. Completed in approximately 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds, this movement occurs counter-clockwise, from west to east. In this way, we seek to understand the reason why the Earth is faster.

Read more: What are the rotational and translational movements of the Earth?

Why is the Earth faster?

Although there is no concrete justification of the reason for this speed, it is believed that this faster movement may be related to certain phenomena, such as:

  • The forces of nature, which may include the oceans and seas;
  • Move inner and outer layers;
  • Climate changes;
  • Global warming.

Related to this, it is believed that this rotation time difference may be responsible for the Chandler oscillation. The time shift was detected by an atomic clock which is used to measure the rotational speed of the planet in fine detail.

The detection of the rotational time difference took place on June 29 this year, being designed as the shortest day in history.

How can this affect our daily life?

Scientists believe this could interfere with the way we observe time and are considering the possibility of adding a negative leap year if the Earth continues to spin faster. However, this addition may bring more problems than solutions, especially in the technological field. Indeed, possible problems in the programs of computers and mobile phones could appear.

Additionally, communication systems connected to the Network Time Protocol could also be compromised and data could be corrupted as timestamps change.

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