Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning?

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2013/03/geekdad-dinner-discussion-earth-spinning/

Over dinner the other night I posed this question to my kids. The conversation did not last long as they were not really in the mood to have a discussion. However, we did a few answers before it was all said and done.

They came up with the following answers
  • die
  • not be able to breathe because the air would not mix
  • we would be on the ceiling
However, we did find this article when we started talking about how fast the earth spins. I did not have the answer, but the link below gave us a great discussion topic. Basically, we spin between 800-1000 mph depending on location on earth. Very interesting article. My kids were blow away by the idea that some planes fly faster than the spinning of the earth.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/aprilholladay/2006-01-23-spin-dogs_x.htm

Feel free to leave a comment to this question and let me know what your kids think!
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