I would really like to know if this is really true.
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Wow that's one of the craziest things I've ever seen.
Even if everybody in the world jumped up and down at the same time the orbit wouldn't change.
Conservation of energy says nothing at all happens to the earth's orbit when you jump.
Of course nothing would change in the larger sense.
But it would be interesting to see if it showed up on seismic readings...
Thats crazy. These people can't be serious.
Well I predict that if you react you will get an e-mail on 31 March stating that tomorrow is world jumping day.
That would be great.
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Simple Conservation of Energy
Conservation of energy is the only issue here. Observing the earth (and all of its inhabitants and atmoshphere) as one mass, the only way to change the orbit is if it is acted upon by an outside force. So either external gravity/impact/force could change the orbit, or the Earth mass would change by expelling matter. If all of these people would jump off into space, never to return, then that would change the orbit minutely. If so many people believe this, perhaps that's the best option...
Okay... bare with me. When there is a massive earthquake (such as the tsunami in December of '04) It can alter the Earth's orbit slightly... so why not everyone jumping up and down at exactly the same time? You really think that would cause NO rumbling at all? 6.5 billion people is a lot of weight. This gets me to questioning "what exactly an earthquake is and how it is caused?"... and why it can change the orbit of the Earth. Someone talk with me :)
You misread/hear: earthquakes alter the earth's rotation, not it's orbit.
Yeah, but that would be the end of basketball as we know it....
An Earthquake is the sudden release of pressure along a crack known as a fault. Movement along these faults is not steady due to frictional force. When stress builds up enough, it will overcome friction and a section of rock will slide over another up to a few metres in distance. This releases massive shockwaves which causes shaking at the surface.
Rotation changed, not the orbit. WORLD SUCK/BLOW DAY
Russ is right, the rotation of the Earth is affected by these quakes. We can control the rotation of the earth, but not the orbital path, because the Earth mass as a whole is still traveling in the same path even though the rotational path changes.
WORLD SUCK/BLOW DAY (This one would actually work.)
Needed: 2,500,000,000 Registered: 1
Everyone would face west then SUCK in a huge breath of air.
Turn east and BLOW it out hard.
This will slow the earths rotation, extend the length of an Earth day.
(And according to the World Jump Day experts, bring back Elvis and the Easter Bunny)
I have no doubts that 2.5 billion people on this earth really suck.
Thanks guys. I guess what I was asking for was a bit deeper, and a bit of a misunderstanding about orbit and rotation. That's funny pengwuino :P
The situation might be more complex than a simple analysis with conservation of momentum.
Imagine two containers in free space connected by a spring.
One consists of viscoelastic tissue like human tissue and the other consists of cold tar, like earth's magma. Which direction would the system shift if it were to oscillate? That's the real question here.
Are you meaning to imply that an oscillation can cause a net displacement of the center of gravity of the system by dampening one side?
Yes. I meant to imply that.
How come it doesn't work?
There is no outside force to move the system.
One really interesting thing though. These guys are selling stickers and t-shirts (which look quite cool i must add) to make a quick buck out of there non-sensical jumping er, thingy! I take my hat off to them for there creative business sense.
BTW, how many people will actually jump at that exact time. It is an impossibilty, it'll NEVER happen and you can all be happy that the earth's rotation, orbit or the earth's secret plan to go on a low-carb diet in the year 30156 will all be unchanged.
people believe things when it looks official. See Stanely Milgram. :)
But lets say many nuclear bombs explode in a specific place. Doesn't that change the earth's orbit?
In The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy there is a story about a planet wich would be destroyed by a cataclysm. So the inhabitants build three large ships to transport the whole population to another suitable planet.
In ship A would go all the brilliant leaders, the scientists, the great artists. In ship C would go all the people who did the actual work, who made things and did things and in ship B everybody else.
The B ship was the first and only one to take off. The elite of the planet had made up the story of the cataclysm to get rid of the undesirables.
If someday we have the technology for that, we can send people who believe in such nonsense as The Earth Jumping Day to leave the planet.
I want to help make the list of who goes on ship B.
Separate names with a comma.