How Time Flies

People say that time flies when you are having fun, meaning that a period of time has passed by quickly. Pigs and time don’t have wings, so neither is able to fly. The frog said, “Time is fun when you are having flies” and that is probably true for him. Some birds that have wings are flightless, like the penguin, ostrich and kiwi. There are flying fish and flying squirrels, but there are no flying monkeys unless you are in Oz.
Tick, tock the passage of time is always constant (unless you are approaching the speed of light) because it is a measurement that we use to compare the duration of an event or the interval between certain events. The human brain perceives time to move at different rates as events unfold and this is what makes time fly by, or drag on slowly. Certain non-threatening situations can create a positive effect in your brain that signals you to relax and have fun and this makes time seem to pass more quickly, while other negative effect situations like danger or anxiety will cause you to feel that time is moving more slowly. Maybe one day we can learn how to shorten the boring and painful moments in life and extend those moments that are filled with bliss.
Our Earth’s rotation slows by about two millionths of a second each year, and this tidal friction is due to a transfer of Earth’s rotational momentum to the Moon’s orbital momentum. Our moon is getting closer to the Earth as its speed increases and the length of a month is also increasing because of this. The Earth’s rotation is the amount of time that it takes to rotate once on its axis and since our Earth takes 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4.09 seconds to turn rotate once on its axis we end up spinning just over 366 times in a year.
Many of the things that you do in life seem to revolve around time and many people ponder their past and worry about their future. We have separated time into seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years to help us better unravel this concept. Johannes Kepler’s First Law of Planetary Motion went against the accepted teachings of Aristotle stating that planets have elliptical orbits and they do not rotate about the Sun in perfect circles. A solar day is defined by the amount of time it takes for the Sun to return to the same spot in the sky. This should be 24 hours, however that is not always the case. The solar day can vary throughout the year, and two factors responsible for this include the Earth’s elliptical orbit around the Sun and it’s axial tilt which can contribute to an accumulated effect that produces seasonal deviations of up to 16 minutes from the average.
If you are marking a birthday or an anniversary, then you have lived another year and you are entitled to brag about the free trip that you just took around our Sun, but don’t say that time flew by as this would just be an overestimation on your part for the length of the time that just passed by.

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