Any fourth grader can tell you that the Earth is rotating. What a fourth grader probably can't tell you is why flying in the opposite direction that the Earth spins doesn't make for a faster plane trip. Heck, a college grad may not even know how to explain that one.
Why Isn't It Faster To Fly West?
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Key Facts In This Video
If you live at the equator, the surface of the Earth with you on is moving 1,000 mph to the east. 00:03
When flying west you go east but slower than the Earth is going east. 00:45
The direction of the winds is determined by the Coriolis effect. 01:16
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