In the nick of time, we’re getting just what we needed: more of 2016.
To keep this relentless year going, we get to enjoy an extra second, known as a leap second, on Saturday Dec. 31.
The extra time is all about syncing the earth’s rotation with the world’s atomic clocks. Since it doesn’t take a perfect 24 hours for the planet to rotate on its axis, every few years we add a leap second. The earth’s rotation is actually slowing down, even if just a bit.
The extra second, which was last added in June 2015, gets added onto Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) at 11:59:59 p.m. on Dec. 31. So instead of moving along to the first second of Jan. 1 we’ll have 11:59:60 p.m. to celebrate this year. Read more…