We've all experienced days where it feels like time is flying right over our heads. The busier we get, the less time it feels like there is, and the more bored we are, the slower time passes.
They say time is a social construct, but according to science, the speed that a day surpasses is actually related to how Planet Earth and the galaxies in space are functioning. If you've been feeling on a time crunch lately, scientists can explain why.
The Earth's Rotation
The concept of daytime and nighttime that has shaped the routine of human society for billions of years is a product of how the earth functions. Scientists explain that the structure of a clock follows the pattern of how long it takes the Earth to fully spin in a single day.
Typically, it takes the Planet 24 hours to complete a full turn, which we watch happen as we pass through the day, waking up at sunset and going to sleep past sunrise. However, it seems that this theory of time is subject to change ...
The Earth Is Spinning Faster
Over the past few recent years, society has seen many drastic changes occurring to the Planet, which has affected our daily lives. Between the aftermath of the pandemic and the effects of climate change and global warming, science has been uncertain about the future of Earth's health.
Well, a new revelation has recently been revealed: it appears that the Earth has begun to move at a faster rate than ever before. These last few years have recorded shorter and shorter days than usual, the year 2020 seeing 28 of the shortest days in the last 50 years.
Groundbreaking Rotation Times
Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory in England, along with others, have been looking closely at the speed of the Earth's spin. It's been concluded that on July 26, 2022, midnight approached Earth 1.5 milliseconds earlier than it's regular time, affecting the usual 86,400 seconds that it takes to complete the average day.
About one month prior to that day, the earth hit a groundbreaking rotation time on June 29. This day ended 1.59 milliseconds before it should have, putting the world to sleep at a slightly different pace than we even noticed.
While there is no definite answer as to why this is occurring, scientists believe it has to do with the wobbling around of the gases and fluids in the Earth's molten core. Astronomer Fred Watson explains, "when you start looking at the real nitty gritty, you realize that Earth is not just a solid ball that is spinning... It's got liquid on the inside, it’s got liquid on the outside, and it’s got an atmosphere and all of these things slosh around a bit.”
NASA explains that weather conditions have a habit of altering time. While winds can speed up the day by seconds, natural disasters such as tornadoes often slow us down. This translates to mean that the worse our climate gets, the less seconds we have in a day.
"Negative Leap Second"
So, how will we start seeing these effects in daily life? Scientists claim that if the trend of shorter days continues and worsens, we will experience the first ever "negative leap second." This would mean that time would skip a beat instead of adding an extra few seconds to the clock as it does during leap years.
While on the surface level, this sounds like something humanity wouldn't even notice, it presents consequences that could alter normal life. Think about your grandchildren 10,000 years in the future: those seconds of development and evolution will have added up!
A Risky Practice
Scientist Leonid Zotov and a population of engineers oppose the theory of a "negative leap second," which was first introduced in 1972. He explains: "Introducing new leap seconds is a risky practice that does more harm than good, and we believe it is time to introduce new technologies to replace it."
While this theory could benefit astronomers and physicists by allowing them to study celestial bodies in a new light, it's likely to create major problems for software and tech companies who rely on the modern-day measurement of time. This could result in data corruption and a crash of IT programs like wifi and cellular services. After all time is just an illusion that we use to make sense of the world around us.
Long story short, the reality of the world is that, as of lately, time is legitimately stopping. This occurrence is causing science to believe that the way we have been measuring time is an outdated practice, which has been a debate going on for the last 5,000 years.
In the near future, it's predicted that we may start looking at the time through an atomic clock - measuring the hours and days by the movement of atoms instead of the earth's rotation. Looks like when people say they want to stop time, they should be careful what they wish for!
Make Every Second
Make every second count while you can, because it looks like we're running out of them quickly.
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