How humans affect the Earth’s rotation with aeroplanes

Nathaniel Ivor MORRIS

Abstract


This paper looks at the effect that planes could have on the rotation speed of the Earth through the Earth’s moment of inertia using the principle of conservation of angular momentum. It is determined that depending on whether the planes are empty or full the rotation speed of the Earth will increase between 15.887 and 29.504 pico seconds respectively.


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