On June 29, 2022, something extraordinary happened to the rate of spin of planet Earth. However, it probably had such a minuscule impact on your life that you can be forgiven for not even noticing.
Believe it or not, but you actually gained an extra 1.59 milliseconds to your day. We hope you spent it wisely!
According to TimeAndDate.com, on that day, our planet, as far as scientists can tell, set a new record for the quickest time to complete one rotation.
But what? Isn’t the Earth’s day exactly 24 hours? Actually, no, well, not quite.
The first thing to note is that there are actually “kinds” of days, depending on your definition.
The first, a solar day, is a period of 24 hours during which the Earth rotates so that the Sun appears at the same location in the sky. However, a sidereal day, which is defined as 23 hours, 56 minutes, and …