Wednesday 18 April 2012

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The Speed of the Spin

Sunday is Earth Day, which means that lately there's been a whole lot of stories in the news about nature and the environment. One story in particular caught my eye when it mentioned that the Earth is spinning at a rate of almost 1000 miles per hour, but that it was beginning to slow down. That concerned me, as if the Earth slows down, days will take longer, and I'll have no chance of surviving the next Leap Day at Disneyland, so I decided to do a little research for myself and see if I could reassure myself that the Earth is still spinning along at it's regular pace.

I decided to start with a view of Earth from space to see if I could spot some rotation from a distance. The Earth still looks amazing from up here, but there was definitely no sign of spinning. Let's zoom in a little closer...

What we have here is confirmation that every person in America paid their electric bill last month, but the US still seems to be in the same position as always. Maybe we really aren't rotating very fast anymore. Let's zoom in again...

This is starting to concern me now. This is an aerial view of Disneyland, and everything looks pretty stationary. I'm going to zoom in one more time, but there had better be some indicator that we're still spinning or I'm going to book myself on a rocket to the International Space Station....

Never mind. We're obviously still spinning at full speed. Cancel the rocket.

This post is a part of Wordless Wednesday over at Focused on the Magic. Sure, they're probably going to kick me out eventually since I don't seem to understand the meaning of "Wordless", but even if they do there's still plenty of people there who follow the rules and have some great pictures to share with you. Click on the button and enjoy some quality Disney photos. Do it quick, before you get dizzy from all the spinning.

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