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More time is something we always want. More time to read a book, more time on vacation, more time visiting etc. Well, you will get your wish when the clocks strike midnight this New Years eve. Thanks to the earth's rotation and the ocean tides we all will benefit by getting an extra second added to our day.

Coordinated Universal Time coincides with winter time in London. On the U.S. East Coast, the extra second occurs just before 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Atomic clocks at that moment will read 23:59:60 before rolling over to all zeros.

This is not the first time this has happened. In case you missed it, the previous leap seconds were added these years according to this source.

12/31/1998
6/30/1997
12/31/1995
6/30/1994
6/30/1993
6/30/1992
12/31/1990
12/31/1989
12/31/1987
6/30/1985
6/30/1983
6/30/1982
6/30/1981
12/31/1979
12/31/1978
12/31/1977
12/31/1976
12/31/1975
12/31/1974
12/31/1973
12/31/1972
6/30/1972

There are some against doing this because they are concerned about the airline schedules and how the extra second might mess things up. I doubt anything will happen.

So what will you be doing with the extra time on your hands?

 

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 4:29 AM | Back to top

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