A laser gyroscope measured tiny variations in the lengths of days on Earth

The results could help scientists understand the complex flows of water and air on Earth

A photo of the ring laser gyroscope with developer physicist Ulrich Schreiber sitting on a small ledge next to the device.

The ring laser gyroscope, G, measures tiny variations in Earth’s rotation. Developed by physicist Ulrich Schreiber (pictured with the gyroscope) and colleagues, the gyroscope uses the interference of laser beams to reveal the Earth’s spin.

A. Heddergott/TU Munich

Some days really are longer than others.