Heavenly Signs: The Slowing Down of Earth’s Axis
By Hwaa Irfan
We walk, run, ride, and fly around our world, Earth, without ever wondering what makes it tick. The night becomes the day, and seasons move from one to the other. These are the ways in which most of us measure time, if not it gets measured for us. We are taught this at school as a statement of fact as if it is encoded into the universe.
We have continued to measure time by the basic unit of a second since 1820, but in reality the unit of a second has increased to approximately 2.5, and continues to increase. In fact, there was a time when there were many more days in a year as indicated by fossil findings! A bit much if one’s waiting for that long awaited seasonal break at the end of the year – just as well Xmas was not invented then!
Without many of us knowing, June 30 2012 added leap seconds to the atomic clock on a day that witnessed a standing ovation from the officials who attended the swearing in of president elect Muhammed Mursi, following an exhilarated reception from hundreds and thousands of Egyptian citizens as Mursi swore to them – a sight not often witnessed! 2012 is a leap year, and it will also have a leap second.
The adjustments do not end with the leap year added to the Gregorian calendar, but everyone 1½ years, an extra second, a leap second is added to the Universal Coordinated Time since 1972. The UTC is regulated using an atomic clock.
Since 1972, a total of negligible 24 seconds have been added, but what it means is that our Earth has slowed down 24 seconds since 1972, and our days are getting longer!
The implementation of leap seconds is regulated by the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS), however, our Earth is not as predictable as that as was the case from 1998 – 2005, when the the rotation of our Earth on its axis speeded up, and there was no need to add leap seconds. Then of course the speed of our Earth’s rotation changes daily and annually!
Unfortunately, doomdayists, are predicting a catastrophic ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ as a result of the slowing of Earth’s rotation on its axis from geophycisists like Joseph Jankowski who predicts that this event will fall on January 16, 2013. It is time we learnt that nature is not as predictable as all that, and always has an anomaly yet to be discovered. Also the impact of serious earthquakes that occurred in Indonesia, Haiti, Chile and Japan, are another factor, as some geophycisists declared those shocks have speeded up our earth’s rotation – and if so, for how long!
There is still the question of why regulate how we register time. The UN entity, the International Telecommunications Union, was ready to stop the practice of applying leap seconds, but the January 2012 meeting in Geneva with 150 delegates deferred the idea to 2015!
As we know, nothing in the Universe is ever lost or wasted – energy in one form transforms to another form. Well, it seems that the energy lost from our Earth as it slows down on its axis transfers to the Moon – does that sound familiar!
- Dramatic earth directed solar radiation
- The auspicious full moon of May 05th 2012
- The solar Ring of Fire Eclipse of 21st May 2012
- The eight yearly sojourn of the transit/eclipse of Venus with the Sun – June 05/6th 2012 (to take place again in 2117).
December 21, 2012, the end of the precession of the equinoxes (happens every 25,000 years), as we prepare for a distinct planetary alignment as the period of Pisces passes in Aquarius.
One wont comment on the increased sightings of UFOs, asteroid fly-bys, alien findings and sounds from the earth, and sky; there is enough technology around at the moment to make it possible!
“Last Minute of June 30, 2012. Will Last 61 Seconds.”