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The Earth is constantly spinning: that is why day turns into night, seasons change, and our magnetic field keeps us shielded from harmful cosmic radiation. This is how things have gone for four and a half billion years, but what if that was to change?
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Jacco van Loon, an astronomer from Keele University in the United Kingdom, has elaborated on just what that would entail. For example, should the Earth stop spinning but continue to orbit the Sun, our day would last for half a year - and so would the night. Moreover, the "days" could be much warmer, while the "nights" could bring much colder weather - something that would seriously affect the planet's climate.
Such temperature differences would also trigger strong winds that would move the air towards the cooler side of the Earth - the "nighttime" side.
"The eastwards and westwards winds, and the winds towards the poles, would meet. They could possibly create huge swirls of wind the size of entire continents", the astronomer notes, according toSpace.com.
This would not be the last of our problems. Should the Earth stop spinning, our magnetic field would essentially stop working because it is the planet's spinning that triggers the magnetism in the molten iron contained in the Earth's core.