Monday, November 23, 2015
How Long is a Day?
"Mama," my eleven-year-old son asked. "How long is a day?"
"Twenty four hours," I said, without thinking twice.
"No, it's not," my son said.
"What do you mean?"
Bubba explained. "Scientists discovered that a huge earthquake caused the earth to alter its rotation. There is one less millisecond per day, than there used to be."
"That's nice," I said. "So, how long is it going to take to notice the difference?"
Bubba shrugged. "I don't know."
That wasn't a good enough answer. Since I was curious about the situation, I did a little math. One day equals 86,400,000 milliseconds. It will take 2, 367,123.29 years for all those little milliseconds to equal a full day. Guess I'm not going to worry about it too much, and neither should you.
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Posted by Sherry Ellis at 12:56 PM
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Hi, dear Sherry! How true, how true, how true. Sometimes it seems there aren't enough milliseconds in a day. :)ReplyDelete
I am chief of the Truth in Blogging police and I intend to check back here 2, 367,123.29 years from now to make sure your data is accurate. :)
Haha! I don't know if I'll be here, but you are certainly welcome to check back and post the results! ;-)Delete
That's a long time. Don't think I'm going to worry about it.ReplyDelete
Too many other things to worry about. ;-)Delete
you lost me with the numbers :)ReplyDelete
It's all quite complicated. :0)Delete
Isn't that what leap seconds are for? They reset every so often so as to keep the clocks and calendars accurate.ReplyDelete
Leap seconds. I don't think I got the memo on that, but it makes sense.Delete
I swear Bubba comes up with the most interesting facts... I don't think I could have kept up the numbers though xoxReplyDelete
He has a very scientific mind - just like me. ;-)Delete
Your son asked you what I would have thought an impossible question, you had the brains to work it out. Good for you Sherry.ReplyDelete
Haha! Yay, me! ;-)Delete
Ah, what a difference a millisecond makes...ReplyDelete
I wish the earthquake had added a few more milliseconds. I sure could use them!Delete
Well unless the fountain of youth shows itself, no one today should careReplyDelete
I wonder if someone will stumble across this blog 2,367,123.29 years from now and verify this. ;-)Delete
I wonder if it was caused by the earthquake we had here a few weeks ago. The one that knocked down absolutely nothing that I am aware of.ReplyDelete
Doesn't sound like fun!Delete
Oh wow ! That book looks very interesting. Congrats !ReplyDelete
I guess, kids like to be precise, so a day is a wee bit smaller than twenty four hours.
Bubba wanted to make sure I got my facts straight.Delete
I knew days were getting shorterReplyDelete
Good observation! ;-)Delete
I love children who are curious and ask interesting questions. Bubba always learns something new.ReplyDelete
Yes, he does.Delete
So we'll have an extra leap year millions of years into the future? :)ReplyDelete
If my predictions are accurate, then yes. ;-)Delete
Don't you just love some of the questions they come out with? Talk about keeping us on our toes.ReplyDelete
The boy is always thinking.Delete
Isn't it nice to find something we really don't need to worry about?ReplyDelete
Yes, it is!Delete
You really can google anything these days! That is so cool! :)ReplyDelete