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Originally posted by thePharaoh
i began thinking, if this is so, what could it mean.....i understand the direction (clockwise or anticlockwise) depends on the hemisphere the observer is in.
i understand the direction (clockwise or anticlockwise) depends on the hemisphere the observer is in.
does someone mind checking themselves, and see if im just tired
The Earth rotates once in about 24 hours from the point of view of the sun and once every 23 hours 56 minutes and 4 seconds from the point of view of the stars (see below). Earth's rotation is slowing slightly with time, thus a day was shorter in the past, this is due to the tidal effects the Moon has on Earth's rotation. Atomic clocks show that a modern day is longer by about 17 milliseconds than a century ago, slowly increasing the rate at which UTC is adjusted by leap seconds.