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?
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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