If you have been feeling that time passes a little these days then you have been wrong, and we are saying this with scientific backing.
In fact, the very opposite is happening as days on Earth are getting longer. We might have 25 hours a day in the distant future. Our satellite moon is moving away from its orbit which increases the daytime on the surface of the Earth.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that 1.4 billion years ago the moon orbited much closer to the planet. So it affected how our planet spins on the axis. Now as it moves away, the days are meant to get longer, eventually even resulting in an added hour in the daytime. So maybe we can have 25 hours comprising one whole day.
How Does Moon Affect the Hours on Moon?
The moon’s gravity affects the tides in the ocean, which cover a majority of the globe today. Because of the strong tidal system, the earth would move very slowly. A moon’s force kind of serves as a brake to the rotation of the earth.
The tides in the ocean are a cause of the moon’s gravitational pull. We experience high tides and low tides in different parts of the world as the earth are constantly rotating and the moon controls the bulging of the water.
But now as the moon is moving farther away, the effect felt on the earth’s surface will slowly reduce, albeit not immediately. The resulting consequence is that the day on the Earth will be larger.
25 Hours a Day?
So yes, as the Earth is also undergoing climatic changes due to external forces in the solar system, the timings will also be affected.
But if you are expecting immediate results then no. According to the calculations presented by the researchers, it will be hundreds of millions of years away to have an extra hour.
Our days were getting longer by around 0.000018 seconds per year. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. If you have been waiting for the added time then no, sorry for the disappointment!