As far as I know we stick to the surface of the Earth as its gravity is pulling us and Earth rotation is in a way reducing the gravity.

At what speed should Earth be spinning so that we all get ejected / catapulted into space (if we all line up on the equator).

Sub question: at what speed of spinning would we all “stick” a few meters above the ground?

  • $\begingroup$ gajba, I would recommend asking this question on Physics.SE if you're still interested (assuming it hasn't already been answered there). $\endgroup$ – called2voyage May 7 '14 at 18:32
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    $\begingroup$ @called2voyage I don't understand why it's off topic. A similar question has been asked before on Astronomy.SE. See this $\endgroup$ – Yashbhatt May 8 '14 at 5:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Yashbhatt Thanks for bringing that to my attention. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage May 8 '14 at 12:12
  • $\begingroup$ @Yashbhatt If you read the text in the close reason, it should become apparent to you why this question is off-topic. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage May 8 '14 at 12:14
  • $\begingroup$ @called2voyage It says "local/global phenomena might affect observations and measurements". The earth coming to a standstill or rotating fast enough to throw us off the surface is surely an observational phenomena. $\endgroup$ – Yashbhatt May 8 '14 at 12:19

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