Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari stunned students at a university in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday by telling them the Earth is “stationary and does not move”.
Then he went on to explain his theory while holding a cup of water.
Waving the cup and his hand round in a circle, he went on to claim:
“If the earth rotates in the other direction, the plane will not be able to get to China because China is also rotating.”
Anyone who has been on a flight from the UAE to China will know this is not a problem.
Experts say the Earth’s rotation in itself makes no difference to flight duration, whatever the direction of travel.
As the Naked Scientists at Cambridge University put it:
“The atmosphere is moving with the surface of the Earth below it because there’s friction…you continue to move with the surface of the Earth, so there’s no difference flying with the rotation of the Earth or against it.”
Earth’s rotation is the rotation of the solid Earth around its own axis.
The Earth rotates from the west towards the east. As viewed from the North Star or polestar Polaris, the Earth turns counter-clockwise.
The North Pole, also known as the Geographic North Pole or Terrestrial North Pole, is the point in the Northern Hemisphere where the Earth’s axis of rotation meets its surface.
This point is distinct from the Earth’s North Magnetic Pole.
The South Pole is the other point where the Earth’s axis of rotation intersects its surface, in Antarctica.
The Earth rotates once in about 24 hours with respect to the sun and once every 23 hours 56 minutes and 4 seconds with respect to the stars.
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