# In Perspective, Planet:Potato view of the Earth!

#### Asher Kelman

##### OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Well the earth is a huge magnet, The European space craft is assembling a new view of the earth that reflects the strength of our planet's magnetic field. So it really means that if you drop a penny from a plane at exactly 10,000 feet at different parts of the globe, it will arrive at different times to the ground.

Put it another way, other things being equal, work at different locations takes different expenditures of energy. Read more here.

#### Tom Robbins

##### New member
Asher, it looks as if Sri Lanka is the place to be when trying to set a new record for the high jump.

#### Cem_Usakligil

##### Active member
Hi Asher,

Till Doug is awake, let me use the crayon rouge on his behalf.
Well the earth is a huge magnet, The European space craft is assembling a new view of the earth that reflects the strength of our planet's magnetic field. So it really means that if you drop a penny from a plane at exactly 10,000 feet at different parts of the globe, it will arrive at different times to the ground
I am sure you must have meant the gravity field of the earth instead of magnet/magnetic field above.

On another note, a penny dropped at the same altitude may (possibly shall) arrive at different times even when the gravity is the same. There are other factors such as the magnitude of the friction against the size/weight of the free falling object which cannot not be negligable for a penny. Humidity, air pressure, wind speeds, etc will all cause variations.

Cheers,

#### Asher Kelman

##### OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Hi Asher,

Till Doug is awake, let me use the crayon rouge on his behalf.

I am sure you must have meant the gravity field of the earth instead of magnet/magnetic field above.

On another note, a penny dropped at the same altitude may (possibly shall) arrive at different times even when the gravity is the same. There are other factors such as the magnitude of the friction against the size/weight of the free falling object which cannot not be negligable for a penny. Humidity, air pressure, wind speeds, etc will all cause variations.

Cheers,
Cem,

The great thing about OPF is the depth knowledge! Thanks for correcting me! As for the other factors, all things being equal, they would be normalized for our imaginary test.

Asher

#### Doug Kerr

##### Active member
Hi, Cem,

Hi Asher,

Till Doug is awake, let me use the crayon rouge on his behalf.

I am sure you must have meant the gravity field of the earth instead of magnet/magnetic field above.
Funny - I just discovered this post, and was about to make the same comment, and then saw that you had taken care of it.

Thanks.

Best regards,

Doug
Queleque fois, le crayon rouge dort!

#### Timothy Bearden

##### New member
I like a potato. Potato earth....hmmmm.