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The length of the day is how long a day is. On Earth, it is 24 hours long. There are other planets with different types of day.

Length of the day on other planets

This uses Earth time.[1]

Increasing day length on Earth

The Earth is constantly losing angular velocity and rotational energy through a process called tidal acceleration, which leads to a slow lengthening of the day. Tidal acceleration is an effect of the tidal forces between an orbiting natural satellite (e.g. the Moon), and the primary planet that it orbits (e.g. Earth).

A century ago, the average day was about 1.7 milliseconds shorter than today.[2] In the late Neoproterozoic about 620 million years ago a day had only about 21.9±0.4 hours.[3]

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  1. Enchanted [1]
  2. McCarthy D.D. & Seidelmann P.K. 2009. Time: from Earth rotation to atomic physics. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, pp. 88–89
  3. Williams, George E. (2000). "Geological constraints on the Precambrian history of Earth's rotation and the Moon's orbit". Reviews of Geophysics 38 (1): 37–60. doi:10.1029/1999RG900016 .