Today we will consider how a slowing planet earth is actually an age limiting factor to the age of the planet.

The earth is going a little over 1,000 miles an hour at the equator, but the earth is slowing down. It is actually slowing down 1000th of a second everyday.

*Pensacola News Journal*, 1990, said on December 6, “Earth’s rotation is slowing down, June will be one second longer than normal. The earth is slowing down 1000th of a second every day.”

*Astronomy* magazine announced, 1992 in the June edition, “Earth’s rotation is slowing down, June is going to be one second longer than normal.” We will have to have a “leap second.”

A leap second?

Did you know we have a leap second about every year and a half now because the earth is slowing down?

Now kids this is going to be kind of complicated so listen carefully.

The earth is spinning but it is slowing down. So that means that it used to be going…faster. Well, if the earth is only 6,000 years old that is not a problem. In fact, we see how the reality of scientific observation is completely consistent with the Bible. It was probably spinning a little faster when Adam was here. Maybe they had 23 and 1/2 hours in a day.

Evolution theorists want you to believe however that the earth is billions of years old. Now that would elucidate a real problem. If you go back a few billion years, the earth was spinning* really* fast. Your days and nights would be pretty quick! Get up, go to bed! Get up, go to bed! Get up, go to bed! You would never get anything done.

The centrifugal force would have been enormous, and would have flattened the earth like a pancake.

The winds would have been 5,000 miles an hour from the Coriolis effect.

You think the earth is billions of years old?

Not according to simple observation.

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Adam Benton

said:If you look at the current rate at which the earth’s rotation is slowing you’ll find it amounts to around 0.005 seconds per year. Extrapolate this back the ~4 billion years the earth appears to have been around for and the calculations reveal the day would’ve been 14 hours long. This is an increased rotation speed of ~48%.

Now, ostensibly this seems like quite a significant change. 48% after all, is nearly half! However, in the grand scheme of things it isn’t really a major change. For example, the increase in rotation speed as you travel from the north pole (which rotates slower as it has a smaller circumference) to the equator is >1000%!

Similarly, changing the consequences of the earth’s rotation by 48% doesn’t result in massive changes since a change of 48% isn’t especially massive. Increasing the average windspeed* of many equatorial countries, for example, results in a change of 5-10 kph. Hardly the 5,000 mph you suggest it would be (even after taking the difference between metric and imperial into account :P)

As such, the changing rotation of the earth isn’t much of a limiting factor since the actual increase – whilst sound significant – is really negligible. You’d experience more of a change travelling from the UK to the equator than you would speeding up the UK’s rotation.

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*Some of my research indicated that the coriolis effect influenced the direction of wind rather than their speed.

Chinenye Onuegbu

said:Please I’d like to know how you arrived at the 14 hours result. I arrived at a completely different result. Please can you show the math so I know if I’m making a mistake somewhere (or making any assumptions I should not).

Thanks

Adam Benton

said:0.005 sec x 4.6 billion = 266 days.

This figure is the number of extra days “produced” by the 0.005 seconds faster the earth spines each year, meaning there would’ve been 631 days per orbit of the sun (i.e 631 days per year). The orbit is 8766 hours long so you just do

8766 / 631 = 13.9 hours.

That is the number of hours per day.

Kizer

said:Thanks a lot, got it.

Adam Benton

said:No problem, I appreciate the chance to double check my calculations. Maths isn’t my strong suit.

Shane Bruneau

said:Adam I’ve done a few calculations myself and I have come up with an entirly different conclusion then yours. The article states that the earth is losing .0001 of a second every day that means you times .0001 by 365 which gives you 0.0365 sec. lost every year. You then times the 0.0365 by 4600000000 (4.6 bill) which would be 167900000 seconds the Earth has slowed down according to the evolutionist. Divide that by 60 to get the minutes lost; 2798333 then by 60 again for the hours; 46639 then divide that by 24 to get the days; 1943 plus the 365 days per year gives you a grand total of 2308 days per orbital trip around the Sun. Now if your calculation of 8766 hrs to go around the Sun is correct you divide that number by the 2308 days and you would come up with each day on Earth; back 4.6 billion years ago, would last 3 hours and 12 minutes. That’s a 400% faster rate of spin then what it is today.