How Fast Does the World Spin?


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When a person is standing at the equator, the earth spins at about 1,038 miles per hour (or 1,670 kph). The speed depends where one is located on the planet.

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The earth's speed is at its fastest around the equator because that is where the circumference of the planet is greatest, which is 24,902 miles. It takes the earth one day to complete one full rotation. for those standing at the north pole, the speed of the earth's rotation is almost zero. In the mid-latitudes of the United States and Europe, they spin at about 700 to 900 mph, or 1,125 to 1,450 kph.

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