Oxenhope CE Primary School

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Emerald Question

on May 15, 2012

Jasmine would like to know how and why the Earth spins?

9 Responses to “Emerald Question”

  1. Anonymous says:

    hi Mr. parkin
    the earth spins around because we wouldn’t have weather and the earth would just be a ball of ice.

    peter & lewis

  2. Eleanor T Emerald says:

    hiya jasmine what a good question I hope I can help

    Earth spins because of the way it was formed. Our solar system formed about 4.6 billion years ago when a huge cloud of gas and dust started to collapse under its own gravity. As the cloud collapsed then it started to spin. Some of the material within this cloud gathered into swirling eddies and eventually formed into planets.

    Eleanor T Emerald

  3. lewis L says:

    The earth spins because we wouldn’t have seasons, weather and the world would be a ball of ice.



  4. gabriel says:

    The Earth spins because of angular momentum. A good example of this would be when a figure skater pulls in her arms. This causes her to spin faster. Gas left over from the Sun condensed into planets, thus creating the Earth. As this gas cooled and condensed, it started spinning faster. Now that the Earth is spinning, it will continue to spin at a steady rate unless something stops it.

    from gabriel

  5. mrjparkin says:

    I think reading the post from Eleanor and Gabriel together gives a good exaplanation BUT you must show where you have got your information from please so we can check it for ourselves.

    Can anyone else explain how and why the Earth spins and what effect it has.

    Imogen also has an additional question – if the Earth is spinning all the time, why can’t we feel it or get dizzy?

  6. Rhianna.H says:

    Good question Imogen:

    We don’t feel the earth spinning because, the atmosphere,skyskrapers, and everything are spinning along with the earth at the same constant speed.
    Sorry it dosent say what website it is.

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