The Earth is reportedly spinning faster than usual and people worldwide are wondering why this is happening and whether that would affect the number of hours per day. Although it is common knowledge that the Earth rotates on its axis in exactly 24 hours, something has altered at least since 2020. The planet’s communication networks and GPS satellites may then be affected by the accelerating rotation.

In this article, we will try to answer all that questions in the simplest way possible and will put a list of the top 5 shortest days ever recorded in history and lastly, the notable events during that day. So stay here with us!

Earth’s Top 5 shortest days ever recorded in history

86,400 seconds, or 24 hours, make up a typical day. The length of some days has, however, been cut by milliseconds as a result of the Earth’s rotation speeding up recently.

Year Date Shortest Day
2005 05-Jul  -1.05 ms
2004 15-Jul  -1.05 ms
2021 09-Jul  -1.46 ms
2020 19-Jul  -1.47 ms
2022 29-Jun  -1.60 ms

Why is Earth Spinning Faster?

  • Although they have some theories, astronomers still don’t have an answer to this question.
  • Astronomers are anticipated to address the decreased length of day and how it relates to a phenomenon known as the Chandler wobble at the next Asia Oceania Geosciences Society annual meeting.
  • There are still some explanations for why the earth is spinning faster and here are some:
    • ABC – the Earth’s axis is pulled by the ocean’s circulation and pressure on the seafloor.
    • Forbes – the Earth’s molten core is moving, shifting the distribution of mass on the planet.
    • The Guardian – earthquakes and other seismic events draw mass toward the center of the Earth like a spinning person pulling in their arms.
    • The New York Post – changes to the climate or climatic systems, such as the melting and freezing of glaciers or winds whose shifting weight pulls on the Earth.

What is the Chandler Wobble?

  • Initially, small, erratic motions known as the Chandler wobble result in slight alterations of the Earth’s rotational spin. When anything starts to slow down, it jiggles like a spinning top.
  • It is thought that Earth’s axis of rotation wobbles due to pressure variations in the ocean floor and atmosphere.

  • According to Leonid Zotov of the International Astronomical Union, the Chandler wobble at Earth’s surface typically has an amplitude of roughly three to four meters, but from 2017 to 2020 it vanished.
  • Other explanations for the Earth’s shift in rotating speed include seismic activity, changes to the inner molten core, and decreased weight on the poles due to melting glaciers.

What could this mean for Humanity?

  • Firstly, the GPS satellites, which employ atomic clocks, are among the many technologies on Earth that are impacted by the planet’s accelerating rotation.
  • The GPS satellites, which employ atomic clocks, are also among the many technologies on Earth that are impacted by the planet’s accelerating rotation. A faster rotation would result in Earth reaching its place a little earlier than the day before.
  • A half-millisecond is equal to 10 inches or 26 cm at the equator.
    • In other words, the usage of GPS satellites, which now requires correction for the effects of Einstein’s general relativity theory, will soon be rendered useless.
    • Because they synchronize with Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers, it may also have an effect on smartphones, computers, and communication systems in general.

Will have a potentially disastrous effect on IT Systems

  • A negative leap second could result from the planet’s present faster-than-normal rotation, which could potentially have disastrous effects on IT systems all across the world.
  • There are many factors, such as seismic activity and earthquakes, that could cause it to revolve more quickly.
    • The world may be spinning faster due to the Chandler wobble, which is the result of the planet’s poles moving irregularly.
    • Because of this sway, the geographic North and South Poles’ exact locations can shift by up to four meters a year.
  • The tidal forces the Moon exerts on Earth and even the winds from the El Nino weather phenomena are additional forces that can actually impair the planet’s rotation.

#5 – July 5, 2005 (-1.05 ms)

  • Notable events that day:

    • Bush, George W. Jr. is in office as President of the United States.
    • Tony Blair is the current prime minister of the United Kingdom.
    • According to recent technology headlines, an increasing number of people are starting to access the Internet. Internet speeds are also rising, and MP3 downloading is starting to put music retailers out of business.
    • War of the Worlds is the most popular film at the box office.

    • Many individuals today use LimeWire, a well-known software package, to exchange music, software, and videos. Additionally, it serves as a sanctuary for computer malware.
    • MSN Messenger is also a popular platform for online chat between users of the internet.
    • Lastly, phones now commonly come with cameras and these cameras’ quality is continually upgrading.
  • Popular TV Shows July 2005:

    • Smallville, Cold Case, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Joey, The Fairly OddParents, The Cramp Twins, Unfabulous, and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Popular Movies July 2005:

    • Batman Begins, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  • Popular Games July 2005:

  • Latest Consoles Available July 2005:

    • Nintendo DS
    • PSP

#4 – July 15, 2004  (-1.05 ms)

  • Notable events that day:

    • Usher, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, OutKast, Mario Winans, the Terror Squad, and Ciara are just a few of the artists who are now dominating the music charts.

    • Famous people like Rick James, Big Boss Man, ODB, and Dimebag Darrell would all still be alive if you could go back in time to this day.
  • Popular TV Shows July 2004:

    • Everybody Loves Raymond, The Sopranos, Without a Trace, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, The Powerpuff Girls, Malcolm in the Middle, The Fairly OddParents, and One Tree Hill.
  • Popular Movies July 2004:

  • Popular Games July 2004:

    • Pro Evolution Soccer 3
    • Tony Hawk’s Underground
    • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
    • Spider-Man 2

#3 – July 9, 2021  ( -1.46 ms)

  • Notable events that day:

    • Firstly, according to reports, the Delta variant of Covid has caused a patient overflow in South Africa’s hospitals. Medical personnel has been forced in some regions of South Africa to turn away ambulances carrying Covid patients. While waiting for a bed, many patients are passing away in the waiting areas.
    • Argentina’s Independence Day.
    • Elon Musk announcing BTC and ETH are pursuing a multilayer transaction system.

    • BTS – Butter getting worldwide recognition. Also on the Top of the Music Charts in the United States.
    • Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits on Top of the Music Charts in the United Kingdom.
  • Popular TV Shows July 2021:

    • Love Island, Dr. Death, Loki, Tuca & Bertie, Never Have I Ever, Schmigadoon!, I Think, You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, The White Lotus, and Ted Lasso.
  • Popular Movies July 2021:

    • F9: The Fast Saga, Black Widow, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Boss Baby 2: Family Business, and The Forever Purge.
  • Popular Games July 2021:

  • Latest Consoles Available July 2021:

    • Xbox Series X|S
    • PlayStation 5

#2 – July 19, 2020  ( -1.47 ms)

  • Notable events that day:

    • The movie Beauty and the Beast is currently number one at the box office, and Donald Trump is the president of the United States.
    • Boris Johnson is the reigning prime minister of the United Kingdom.
    • The lockdowns imposed by COVID-19 have been lifted in numerous nations and US states.
      • There are still many people working from home, and limits still apply.
      • Governments from all around the world are currently concentrating their efforts on attempting to coexist with the virus.

    • Savage Love (Laxed Siren Beat) – Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo; on the Top Music Charts in the United Kingdom.
    • Rockstar – DaBaby; on the Top Music Charts in the United States.
  • Popular TV Shows July 2020:

    • Grey’s Anatomy, The Walking Dead, Black-ish, Horrid Henry, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Loud House.
  • Popular Movies July 2020:

    • Beauty and the Beast, Relic, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, and The Rental.
  • Popular Games July 2020:

#1 – June 29, 2022 (-1.60 ms)

  • Notable events that day:

    • Firstly, Scientists claim that the Earth is moving faster and that the most recent day was the shortest ever.
    • Scientist Leonid Zotov said that the time on June 29, 2022, was 1.59 milliseconds slower than the typical day.
      • Zotov, a researcher at Lomonosov Moscow State University who just published a study on what might be causing the changes in Earth’s rotation, claimed that the Earth has been accelerating since 2016 in his statement.
      • It rotates more quickly this year than it did in 2021 and 2020.
    • R&B performer R. Kelly received a 30-year prison term for numerous sex offenses.
  • Popular TV Shows June 2022:

    • The Boys, The Bear, Hacks, For All Mankind, Ms. Marvel, I Love That For You, Peaky, Blinders, Barry, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and The Old Man.
  • Popular Movies June 2022:

    • Jurassic World Dominion, Elvis, and Lightyear.
  • Popular Games June 2022:

  • Latest Consoles Available June 2022:

    • Switch OLED
    • PlayStation 5
    • Xbox Series X
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SOURCES: cbsnews timeanddate.com bestofdate.com decider.com