• Christopher Tanner

Earth Science Tidbit of the Day #1: The amount of hours in our days are changing!


Can’t seem to find enough time to cross off everything on your ‘to do’ list? No worries, before long you’ll have a full 25.5 hours in a day to accomplish all of your awesomeness!


That is just going to make my watch look ridiculous.


‘Before long’ geologically speaking, of course. The earth’s rate of rotation isn’t constant; it slows down a fraction of a second every year. But it shouldn’t take more than 250 million years, give or take a million, to get you that extra hour and a half.

If an extra hour and a half seems paltry, you could always head out to Venus where you’d get an extra 5,808. That’s right, a single day on Venus lasts the equivalent of 243 modern Earth days. Venus rotates so slowly, in fact, that each Venusian day lasts longer than a Venusian year (which takes 224.7 Earth days). Why, you could bang out a century in just over 9 days!

Mondays, on the other hand, should definitely be relegated to Jupiter where they’d make way for less challenging days in a mere 9.9 hours.

Tanya Higgins is a former young-earth creationist passionately engaged in a heroic effort to make up for lost time. Pursuing an advanced degree in Paleobiology, she is currently working as a double-major in Ecology/Evolutionary Biology and Geology, with a minor in Fine Arts; all of which she uses to combat the foolishness of fundamentalist religion. In her spare time, she hovers maternally over a captive colony of dermestid beetles, creating skeletal

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  • Christopher Tanner

Earth Science Tidbit of the Day #1: The amount of hours in our days are changing!


Can’t seem to find enough time to cross off everything on your ‘to do’ list? No worries, before long you’ll have a full 25.5 hours in a day to accomplish all of your awesomeness!


That is just going to make my watch look ridiculous.


‘Before long’ geologically speaking, of course. The earth’s rate of rotation isn’t constant; it slows down a fraction of a second every year. But it shouldn’t take more than 250 million years, give or take a million, to get you that extra hour and a half.

If an extra hour and a half seems paltry, you could always head out to Venus where you’d get an extra 5,808. That’s right, a single day on Venus lasts the equivalent of 243 modern Earth days. Venus rotates so slowly, in fact, that each Venusian day lasts longer than a Venusian year (which takes 224.7 Earth days). Why, you could bang out a century in just over 9 days!

Mondays, on the other hand, should definitely be relegated to Jupiter where they’d make way for less challenging days in a mere 9.9 hours.

Tanya Higgins is a former young-earth creationist passionately engaged in a heroic effort to make up for lost time. Pursuing an advanced degree in Paleobiology, she is currently working as a double-major in Ecology/Evolutionary Biology and Geology, with a minor in Fine Arts; all of which she uses to combat the foolishness of fundamentalist religion. In her spare time, she hovers maternally over a captive colony of dermestid beetles, creating skeletal

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