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The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) , the body responsible for global timekeeping, announced in July that the leap second would need to be added to keep our planet’s rotation in line with atomic clocks. Countries in western Europe, the United Kingdom and parts of West Africa will be among those affected.
The addition of a leap second is is required because the Earth’s rotation is far from clockwork — it can speed up or slow down due to various factors including the moon’s gravitational pull. This results in astronomical time — based on the length of a day — falling out of sync with atomic time, a more precise measure determined by 400 high-tech atomic clocks located in over 50 laboratories around the world.
This isn’t the first time a leap second has been added at the end of the year to prevent our timekeeping from going haywire. Twenty-six leap seconds have been inserted into the world’s clocks to date, with the first introduced on June 30, 1972, according to the IERS.[/rc]edit on 31-12-2016 by JesusXst because: (no reason given)
originally posted by: JesusXst
a reply to: intrptr
Youre right, No Time but Theirs.
If the sky dome ripped, that would be one hell of a Display outdoing even the Grandest of Fireworks Displays seen by Mankind. This is what I am personally waiting to see.