01/16/2015

Spinning Theories on Planet Rotation

13:38 minutes

On June 30th of this year, the International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service will add a leap second to our clocks to keep up with the gradual slowing of the Earth. Theoretical astrophysicist Norman Murray explains what gives planets their unique rotation and what might happen to life on Earth if the planet stopped spinning.

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Norman Murray

Norman Murray is the director of the Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.

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