world news What's The Hurry, Earth? Earth set a new...world record...on June 29, 2022. Is there any spin involved? What's The Hurry, Earth? Giphy
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You spin me right 'round, baby, right 'round

Like a record, baby, right 'round, 'round, 'round

You spin me right 'round, baby, right 'round

Everyone knows that Dead or Alive song, right? Well, it seems like Earth on June 29th, decided to jam out while going about its daily business.

What am I talking about? Sometimes, I don't even know.

As far as scientists can tell, Earth set a new fastest record for completing one rotation doing so in 1.59 milliseconds less than 24 hours.

Kinda cool, right?

In 2020, scientists recorded the 28 shortest days since 1960, but that trend did not continue. This year, June 29th wasn't the only 'quick' day. July 26th was 1.50 milliseconds less than 24 hours.

What's with all this premature rotation?!

Good question. There aren't any concrete explanations, just a few ideas. However, the speeding up of Earth could complicate GPS satellites, smartphones, computers, and communication systems.

International timekeepers may add a 'drop second' to correct these issues. All we really know for sure is...

I set my sights on you

(And no one else will do)

Walter Yeates
Walter Yeates August 2nd, 2022
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