Could the Earth ever stop spinning, and what would happen if it did?

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Jacco van Loon, Astronomer, Keele University Could the Earth stop spinning, and if it did, what would happen? – Paul, aged 12, Aberdeen, Scotland The Earth has been spinning since its birth, four and a half billion years … Read more

Gravitational waves play with fast spinning stars, study suggests

Scientists observed changes in the signals coming from rapidly-spinning stars called millisecond pulsars that might point to the existence of subtle space-time ripples vibrating throughout the entire universe. Millisecond pulsars are stellar remnants that spin hundreds of times per second, producing precise radio pulses that can act as a cosmic metronome. Scientists think that ripples … Read more