Every morning, we assume that the sun will rise.
Its heat and energy fuel life for countless creatures on the Earth. I always thought that this is something that I could count on.
But can we be certain that the sun will always rise?
Geology and astronomy studies tell us that the Earth’s spin is slowing down. A day in the ancient shallow seas 400 million years ago was a lot shorter than it is today.
Eventually, if we follow this reasoning further, and the planet continues to loose its spin, the Earth will stop spinning altogether.
It will be daytime on one side of the Earth since it will always be pointed towards the sun and night time on the other side. The sun will never rise again. What will this do for life and the weather on our planet?
But never fear this is not suppose to happen for billions of years and you don’t have anything to worry about now. Chances are you won’t around.
The point is everything is in transition. Never take anything for granted including the rising of the sun. Make sure you enjoy ever day because they are truly numbered.
- What controls the rising and setting of the sun and moon (wiki.answers.com)
- Learning About Rotation and Revolution (brighthub.com)
- How does the sunrise and sunset occur (wiki.answers.com)