The Earth's spin is really starting to pick up speed.
As CBS News reports, June 29 was the fastest day in recorded history, clocking in at 1.59 milliseconds shorter than the average 24 hours we know and love.
According to a recent study, the Earth started to spin faster back in 2016 — and, on average, the days have become shorter ever since.
The rotation change hasn't been enough to render every single day shorter, according to the study's authors, but the impact has been pronounced enough to get the scientific community buzzing.
And if the trend continues — which it very well might — mankind will likely have to make some changes to atomic time, or the universal way that time on Earth is measured, according to experts.
But that's not exactly easy, especially when the tech industry really doesn't want that to happen. Ever heard of the infamous Y2K bug?
Historically speaking, Earth has never kept perfect time. A number of factors, from its magma core to ocean tides, can impact how fast the Earth spins. And as The Guardian points out, our planet has actually spun a bit slower in recent centuries than it has in the distant past.
Though there are some different theories floating around, the study co-authors told CBS that they believe changes in ocean tides are likely to blame for the recent rotation change.
To address the issue of, well, time being wrong, scientists have advocated for the introduction of negative leap seconds — rather than adding an hour like we do during leap years, they call for the artificial subtraction of time from the world time clock.
This potential solution, however, may present an entirely separate set of issues. The tech industry overwhelmingly opposes the introduction of negative leap seconds, as they could wreak havoc on system interfaces.
"Negative leap second handling is supported for a long time and companies like Meta often run simulations of this event," Meta engineers Oleg Obleukhov and Ahmad Byagowi told CBS. "However, it has never been verified on a large scale and will likely lead to unpredictable and devastating outages across the world."
Regardless, if noticeably shorter days like last week's anomaly persist, we'll need a fix — and like most things, we might not all be particularly happy with what that solution turns out to be.
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