# At what speed does the Earth rotate?

Original Answer: How fast is the Earth moving around its own axis?

I know you want me to say 1,000 miles per hour at the equator, but I’m going to put that in a different perspective.

The Earth rotates around its axis once every 24 hours, or one revolution per day (RPD), or approximately 0.0007 revolutions per minute. (The actual figure is 0.000694444 rpm.) Can you imagine trying to drive a screw with an electric screwdriver that only turns 0.0007 rpm, or one revolution per day? It would take a couple of months just to put a screw all the way through.

It is very slow .

If you had a basketball that spins once a day and put it on your kitchen table and looked at it, you wouldn’t be able to see it move at all because its spin is less than the human eye can detect.

Earth’s rotation is half the speed of an hour hand on an analog clock. We can’t even see the hour hand move looking at it. Now imagine the Earth spinning on its axis at half that speed.

I’ve heard flat earthers say that if the Earth were really “spinning” at 1000 mph at the equator, people would be thrown into space.

This is, of course, absurd when you realize that if you were standing on a ball that spins once every 24 hours you wouldn’t even see or feel it move because that’s so very, very slow.