Vox, The Gift Which Keeps Giving!!! Leftards Voxsplain How Tonight Is The Longest Night In The History Of The World!!!!

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8:32 AM – 21 Dec 2014

 

Correction: Tonight will not be the longest night in the history of…

Days are getting longer — but tonight won’t be the longest period of darkness ever

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Correction: This article originally said that, due to the rotation of the Earth gradually slowing down over time, this winter solstice would feature the longest night ever.

I got this wrong. The Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing on an extremely long timescale, but on a shorter year-to-year basis, geologic factors can alter the speed as well.

Data indicates that the rotation speed has actually sped up slightly over the past forty years (likely due to melting of ice at the poles and the resulting redistribution of the Earth’s mass), and before that, the trend was up-and-down for most of the 20th century — so, as far as we know, the longest night in Earth’s history likely occurred in 1912. I apologize for the error. Thanks to Steve Allen and Ryan Hardy for pointing it out.


Today, you might already know, is the winter solstice. That means for people living in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the longest night of the year.

However, as science blogger Colin Schultz points out, tonight will also be the longest night ever.

At any location in the Northern Hemisphere, in other words, tonight’s period of darkness will be slightly longer than any other, ever — at least, since the planet started spinning right around the time it was first formed some 4.5 billion years ago.

The ignorance demonstrated here is astounding.  Yeh, the redistribution of the earth’s mass …… I wonder, are there any other more tangible, more significant shifts in the earth which could account for a “redistribution of the Earth’s mass”?

All of that aside, this is one day I look forward to.  The days from this moment on until the summer solstice, are getting longer!  Like many people, I dislike the darkness which is seemingly all the time during this time of year.  It’s depressing.  But, with each day becoming longer, there’s something to note and look forward to. 

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13 Responses to Vox, The Gift Which Keeps Giving!!! Leftards Voxsplain How Tonight Is The Longest Night In The History Of The World!!!!

  1. DirkH says:

    Well, the VOX kids learn something new every day, isn’t that cute. They thought there’s a brigge from Gaza to the West jordan land, they got educated. Now they’re learning about the LOD.

    Somebody paid 400 million for that blog.

    Bernie Madoff is an amateur.

  2. Martin C says:

    Well, for what it’s worth, all else being equal, ice loss at the poles, and distributed through the oceans WOULD slow the earth down (conservation of angular momentum). But agreed, it is likely minor compared to other shifts (earthquakes, mantle/continent movements, etc).

    • HankH says:

      Martin makes an objective point. For the earth’s rotation to speed up there would need to be a shift of mass towards the poles. Since plate tectonics is way to slow to have an effect across the past 40 years, something else must be shifting poleward. Ice possibly?

      • cdquarles says:

        Air. Circulating air putting torques on mountains has been shows to alter the length of day (as in the rotation period). The daylight period is a bit different and with the winter (northern) solstice, daylight period will begin to lengthen for the northern hemisphere, until the summer (northern) solstice.

        Well, about ice, we have been loudly told that the polar ice mass is declining. Funny, that 😛

  3. Larry Geiger says:

    “this is one day I look forward to” Yes!!

  4. Jim Masterson says:

    >>
    Days are getting longer — but tonight won’t be the longest period of darkness ever
    <<

    This statement demonstrates a significant “Northern Hemisphere bigotry” in play. Many Northern Hemisphere people seem to forget that the seasons–temperature-wise–and daylight hours are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere.

    And in six months, the Southern Hemisphere will experience their longest period of darkness–for the year anyway. On average–long term–every day is getting longer. And every place on the Earth experiences roughly the same amount of light and dark over the entire year. It is just distributed differently depending primarily on latitude. Supposedly at the poles, the sun rises and sets once each year (of course it depends on your altitude, atmospherics, etc.).

    Jim

    • DirkH says:

      Ah! I didn’t even notice they’re talking about a longest NIGHT ever! Because that makes even less sense . The longest night ever is 6 months long. At the pole. I was only thinking about LOD.

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