Speed of a Point on the Surface of the Earth

Have you ever wondered about your linear speed at your latitude on the Earth? Just move the slider to find out!


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The radius of the Earth is and its angular velocity (the angle covered per second) has a value of . The linear velocity can be computed as and is equal to as a function of the angle corresponding to the latitude.
For more details, see the Wikipedia entry for Latitude.
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