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The Speed of the Earth’s Rotation is Deceiving.

Very deceiving.

By A B ForbesPublished 3 months ago 3 min read
The Speed of the Earth’s Rotation is Deceiving.
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Most of us will know that the Earth rotates on its axis once every 24 hours.

If you were to stand on the widest part of the Earth, the equator, you would be travelling at 1,670 kilometres per hour, all due to that rotation. But the farther you travel north or south from that point, the slower your rotating speed would be.

In reality, our planet is rotating very slowly, imagine looking at a football that is turning on its axis once every day, would you see it move in real-time, no you wouldn’t, it is turning far too slowly for us to notice it.

The speed at the widest part of a rotating ball or planet has all to do with the size of its radius.


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We Think Mount Everest Is High!

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On Earth, the highest land above sea level is the summit of Mount Everest which is located in the Himalayas. It has an elevation of 8,848 metres, just over 8.8 kilometres.

Our planet Earth has a diameter of 12,742 kilometres, Mars is a lot smaller than the Earth with a diameter of only 6,779 kilometres, but it has a dormant volcano named Olympus Mons that has an incredible height of 29,900 metres, 29.9 kilometres.

As a comparison, the highest volcano on Earth is Mauna Loa, it rises to a height of 9 kilometres but that height is measured from the ocean floor.

It is estimated that the last time Olympus Mons erupted was 25 million years ago.


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Yes, We Did Go To The Moon.

Image credit. Eberhard Grossgasteiger Unsplash.

It really annoys me when someone says “men never landed on the Moon”

I along with 650 million other people watched the television as the first man stepped on the surface of the Moon, that historic moment was way back in 1969.

An estimated 400,000 people contributed to the task of putting men on the Moon.

Did they all deceive us? I don't think so.

How could it be fake, we saw the Saturn V rocket with the three men on board leaving the Earth, and we also saw them land in the Pacific Ocean when they returned to Earth.

The Apollo program cost many billions of dollars, and as I said an estimated 400,000 people were involved in the project over 9 years, all that cost and work, just for an elaborate hoax.

Make up your own mind!


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We Are All On The Same Journey.

Image credit. Stefan Trostel Pixabay.

We are all on the same journey through space, circling our nearest star, the Sun, at roughly 110,000 kilometres per hour, and we don't even notice it.

As you know, we call that complete orbit around the Sun a year.

Unfortunately, some infants will not manage one orbit but some humans will circle the Sun over a hundred times.

I feel privileged to have made that journey 70 times.

Considering the age of the Universe, our time here on Earth is minuscule. We should all make the most of our precious time living here on our magical planet.

End of article.


We can only imagine what our early ancestors were thinking as they gazed up at the night sky, were they curious as to what the heavens had to hide?

Now it is very different as we have developed sophisticated telescopes and other specialised scientific instruments that are helping to reveal some of the secrets that the Universe holds.

You may enjoy reading some of my easy-to-understand articles regarding the Universe and Life.

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A B Forbes

I hope you find some of my articles interesting.

Our highly developed brain has given us intelligence and curiosity, now with the help of sophisticated scientific instruments, we can try and make sense of the Universe and our existence.

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  • A B Forbes (Author)3 months ago

    Author. My articles are written for people with an average understanding of the universe and life. We are not all experts. I hope you gain some knowledge if you decide to read them. Regards.

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