New Years A Second Late

For everyone who will be awake this evening to celebrate New Years Eve, New Years will be one second later this year. According to the article "4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... 1 ... Happy New Year!" published by the New York Times, the official time keepers are adding a "leap second" to the end of 2008.

This is not the first time a "leap second" has been added to a calendar year, according to the article in the NYT it is actually the 24th leap second added since 1972. Mainly due to changes in the Earth's rotation, very slight differences are introduced between atomic time and Earth time. In order to correct for this, the official time keepers add "leap seconds" to narrow the gap.

Make sure you put this extra second to good use!


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