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Why Isn't It Faster To Fly West?

Since the earth is spinning to the east, why doesn’t flights to the west take less time than one going east? According to this video from Minute Physics, it’s kind of complicated.

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I know it takes a lot longer to drive east than to drive west, but only if you cross into another time zone. Even without factoring in the effect of jet lag, driving or flying, you are going to be tired either way. -via Digg


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