Patrick456
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Helicopter above the earth.

Postby Patrick456 » Fri Oct 22, 2021 12:51 pm

My 10 year nephew would like to know what would happen if you hovered for 24 hours on a helicopter without moving forward. Would you stay above the exact spot, or would the earth pass below you??

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Re: Helicopter above the earth.

Postby rmarz » Sat Oct 30, 2021 6:12 pm

Patrick456 - The helicopter would tend to move with the atmosphere, and the helicopter would stay above the same position relative to the earth in a 'no wind' situation. Have your nephew search for 'coriolis effect' and the effect of moving bodies with paths that deviate from the rotation of the earth.

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