The Earth is spinning faster than usual. Scientists are worried

There is a phenomenon that agitates the scientific class. Researchers were stunned after discovering that the Earth is spinning faster than usual. This behavior makes the days shorter than usual. The phenomenon has already been treated in the past and since then the rotational speed values ​​have increased.

New measurements from the UK’s National Physical Laboratory show that the Earth currently runs faster more than half a century ago.

The Earth is spinning at "excessive speed"

The scientists recorded in 2020 the shortest 28 days since 1960. However, this constant monitoring showed that on June 29, the The complete rotation of the Earth took 1.59 milliseconds in less than 24 hours - the shortest day ever recorded.

These values ​​triggered the alert that if the spin rate continues to accelerate, we may need to take a second off our atomic clocks. And that will change a lot.

If the rapid rotation of the Earth continues, it could lead to the introduction of the first negative jump of the second.

This change will be necessary to keep civil time - which is based on the super stable rhythm of atomic clocks - at the level of solar time, which is based on the movement of the Sun across the sky.

A second negative jump would mean that our clocks would jump a second, which could potentially create problems for computer systems.

Astrophysicist Graham Jones reported via TimeandDate.com.

Company investigators Meta (company that owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) said that a second jump would have colossal effects on technology and would become a "big problem" for physical infrastructure.

The impact of a negative second jump has never been tested on a large scale; could have a devastating effect on software that relies on timers or programmers.

As can be read in an article on the subject, researchers Oleg Obleukhov and Ahmad Byagowi, published on the company's blog.

Polar image of planet Earth

The poles accelerate the planet

Scientists Leonid Zotov, Christian Bizouard and Nikolay Sidorenkov claim that the irregular rotations are the result of something called Chandler Wobblean irregular movement of the geographical poles of the Earth on the surface of the globe.

According to Zotov, the normal amplitude of the Chandler Oscillation is around 3 to 4 meters at the Earth's surface. However, from 2017 to 2020, this normal range disappeared.

Some experts believe that melting and refreezing ice sheets on the world's tallest mountains may be contributing to the erratic speed. Professor Zotov told Timeanddate that there is a "70% chance" that the planet has already reached the minimum duration of a day, which means that we will probably never have to use a second negative jump.

However, Zoltov admitted that there is still no way to be sure with current technology.

Worse than the Millennium Bug?

The second negative effect and its potential consequences echo Y2K theories, in which many believed that computers would not be able to handle the clocks marking the new millennium. While the year 2000 turned out to be nothing more than a simple setback in our heavily computerized civilization, another programming limitation was detected in 2014.

The vast majority of computer servers use the same system that stores the date and time as a 32-bit integer that counts the number of seconds since January 1, 1970 - often referred to as epoch time.

On March 19, 2038, precisely at 03:14:07 (Coordinated Universal Time), the clocks will reach the highest number represented by a 32-bit integer. As things stand, it's very likely that many computers won't be able to distinguish between the year 2038 and 1970.

However, by 2038, many 32-bit systems will likely be exhausted or superseded. Therefore, the biggest problem is the infrastructure that will need to be repaired.

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