Earth spinning faster than ever could cause chaos for timekeeping

That’s because the world is spinning faster than ever, scientists have revealed.

But while it might sound frightening, experts say it’s nothing to be concerned about and the impact will be fractions of a second over a year.

Earth rotates on its axes roughly every 24 hours – or 86,400 seconds.

While it’s a timeframe we’ve come to expect,

the reality is that due to the world’s imperfect shape and complicated interior, not every day is the same length.

In fact, a few hundred million years ago, an Earth day was only 22 hours long, and when you look back to billions of years ago it was closer to 19 hours.

In millions of years to come, it’s expected that a day will be much longer than it is now

despite the planet appearing to be travelling much quicker at the moment.

Scientist Leonid Zotov told timeanddate.com that the Chandler wobble is the name given to a small

irregular movement of Earth’s geographical poles across the surface of the globe.

He said it strangely disappeared between 2017 and 2020, which is why the days were slightly faster.

The shape of the Earth changes when glaciers melt, causing it to become flatter at the poles and more swollen at the equator.

But for Judah Levine, a professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder and time expert at the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST)

he thinks the change in time could be down to Earth’s atmosphere.

Speaking to Inverse he said: “One of the possibilities is the exchange of momentum between the Earth and the atmosphere.