Tuesday, December 30, 2008

An Extra Second Before New Year

Do you know we will have an extra second inserted on Dec 31? Make sure you adjust your clock accordingly, or you'll be celebrating New Year 1 second too early.

I am not kidding!

Timekeepers at the Royal Observatory of Greenwich will be adding a "leap second" of time to the clock on Wednesday, a method used sporadically over the past 30 years to offset the fractional slowing of the Earth's rotation.

The extra second will be squeezed in on Dec. 31 after 6:59:59 p.m. and before 7 p.m. ET. Combined with the extra day on Feb. 29, the extra second will make 2008 the longest year since 1992.

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