[Python-ideas] OT: slowing rotation [was: High Precision datetime]

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Thu May 17 15:54:28 EDT 2018


On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 5:53 AM, Ethan Furman <ethan at stoneleaf.us> wrote:
> On 05/17/2018 12:13 PM, Tim Peters wrote:
>
>> Other things can cause the Earth's rotation to speed up temporarily
>> (like some major geological events), but they've only been able to
>> overcome factors acting to slow rotation for brief periods, and never
>> yet got near to overcoming them by a full second.
>
>
> How long before the earth stops rotating?  When it does, will we be
> tide-locked with the sun, or will an earth day become an earth year?
>
> Inquiring-minds-want-to-know'ly yrs;

Won't ever happen. A few thousand years ago, the planet heard the
adage "one good turn deserves another", and interpreted it as an
infinite loop.

ChrisA


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