Scientists Stumped as Earth’s Rotation Speeds Up

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Scientists Stumped as Earth’s Rotation Speeds Up

Published Monday 1 August 2022

On June 29, 2022, the Earth completed its shortest rotation ever recorded. Usually, the Earth rotates on its axis in a little under 24 hours. That’s what makes what’s called sidereal days. Solar days, on the other hand, mark how long it takes the Earth to spin on its axis so the Sun appears in the same place in the sky. On average, sidereal days are about 4 minutes shorter than solar days.

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