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New Year 'delayed' By Leap Second

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Scientists are delaying the start of the new year by adding the first leap second in seven years.

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There have been 21 leap seconds since 1972

The Paris Observatory said an extra second is to be added to clocks worldwide at the stroke of midnight on 31 December.

Leap seconds are required every so often to keep our clocks in sync with solar time used by astronomers.

"Enjoy New Year's Eve a second longer," said the researchers at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Tidal friction

The Paris Observatory tells the world every six months whether to add or subtract a second from atomic clocks, the standard for everyday timekeeping.

A leap second is added to Co-ordinated Universal Time (UTC) to keep it in step with solar time - based on the Earth's rotation on itself - to within a second.

Tidal friction causes the Earth's rotation to slow down, which means that solar time tends to drift out of sync with atomic clocks.

If UTC - which has replaced GMT - was allowed to fall out of line with solar time, the error could increase to several seconds within a few years.

It would very quickly make software and possibly hardware used by astronomers obsolete.

There have been 21 leap seconds added - and no subtractions - since the first one on June 30, 1972.

Source: BBC News

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Dear god......Can you see the frantic people, trying to set their VCRs yet?

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shweeeeeeeeeeeeeet, that means I have one extra second to party that night :D

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shweeeeeeeeeeeeeet, that means I have one extra second to party that night :D

:rofl::swingin:

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