# Can Astronauts See The Earth Rotating?

## What would happen if the Earth stopped spinning for 42 seconds?

If the Earth stopped spinning suddenly, the atmosphere would still be in motion with the Earth’s original 1100 mile per hour rotation speed at the equator.

All of the land masses would be scoured clean of anything not attached to bedrock..

## Can a plane fly faster than the Earth rotates?

First, as the Earth itself rotates, it takes the air with it (thanks, gravity!). That includes the air through which planes fly. At the equator, the Earth spins about twice as fast as a commercial jet can fly. That rate slows the closer you get to the poles, but regardless, it’s always going to be faster than a plane.

## Why don’t we fall off the earth?

Gravity always pulls you towards the middle of the object. So for the Earth, which is shaped like a ball, the force of gravity pulls you to the centre from every point on the ground. That’s why, no matter where you stand on the Earth, you always feel like the ground is at the bottom and the sky is up.

## Can you fall off the moon?

Although you can jump very high on the moon, you’ll be happy to know that there’s no need to worry about jumping all the way off into space. In fact, you’d need to be going very fast – more than 2 kilometres per second – to escape from the moon’s surface.

## Can we see the rotation of Earth from space?

We most certainly do see it rotating from space. The Earth rotates at about 1600 km/h at the equator, and it takes an hour and a half to orbit the earth at the altitude of the International Space Station.

## Can we see Earth rotation from Moon?

Because the Moon is tidally locked to the Earth — it revolves around our planet at the same rate that it rotates — we always see the same side. … The best time to view city lights on Earth would be around new Earth phase, but you’ll need a telescope to see them. Most cities are too faint to see with the naked eye.

## How does the earth keep rotating?

The Earth spins because it formed in the accretion disk of a cloud of hydrogen that collapsed down from mutual gravity and needed to conserve its angular momentum. It continues to spin because of inertia.

## How come water doesn’t fall off the earth?

This makes sense, as without gravity to tug downward, the forces governing the objects are all the same. So, the water drop (and air bubble) form themselves so they occupy a shape having the least amount of surface area, which is a sphere. On Earth, gravity distorts the shape, but not in space.

## Do we live inside or on top of the earth?

Instead of saying that humans live on the outside surface of a hollow planet—sometimes called a “convex” Hollow Earth hypothesis—some have claimed humans live on the inside surface of a hollow spherical world, so that our universe itself lies in that world’s interior.