JPL research scientist Richard Gross and the folks at NASA did the math and it seems that the earthquake in Chile has shaved some time off the length of our day.
Preliminary calculations suggest that the February 27th magnitude 8.8 earthquake may have shortened the length of earthâ€™s day by approximately 1.26 microseconds AND (hold on to your socks and your martini glasses) shifted earthâ€™s axis by about 8 centimeters! These results are preliminary and may change slightly as new data comes in and of course, despite my fascination and geeky-excitement about this earth-shifting event, this type of movement is not unheard of. Other large quakes have had similar effects on the earthâ€™s axis.
This groovy snippet of science is pretty darn cool but I just canâ€™t help but think, how is this going to effect me?
Oh great! Now I have even LESS time in the day to get my kooky art and photography projects done!
I know, I know, itâ€™s only a tiny fraction of a second that has been lost and Iâ€™m sure that I waste way more time stalking people on twitter or making equally distributed peanut butter and strawberry jam crackers for a late night snack. Not to mention that pesky sleep thing I have to do every night. It just serves as a reminder that time is fleeting now (a tiny bit) more than ever and perhaps we could all budget our time more effectively. Or screw it. Maybe things are just fine the way they are. Besides, as Evelyn has reminded us, time is after all relative.
What are some of the things that you do that take up time that might be better spent? Or are your time wasters not a waste at all?
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