# How much energy would it take to stop Earth's rotation on its axis?

I see a lot of questions regarding situations what would happen if the world would stop spinning. This got me to wondering how much energy it would actually take to stop the world from spinning.

The rotational kinetic energy of a (uniform) solid sphere rotating about an axis passing through the center of mass is given by $\frac{1}{2}I\omega^{2}$, where $I=\frac{2}{5}MR^{2}$. So $K=\frac{1}{5}MR^{2}\omega^{2}$. Using $M=6\times10^{24}\,\mbox{kg}$, $R=6400\,\mbox{km}$, and $\omega=\frac{2\pi}{T}$, with $T=24\,\mbox{hrs}$, we get $$K\approx2.6\times10^{29}\,\mbox{J}.$$