What will you do with your extra second?

Today will have a “leap second.” From Tick tock … tick: Extra second added to 2008 :

The world’s official timekeepers have added a “leap second” to the last day of the year on Wednesday, to help match clocks to the Earth’s slowing spin on its axis, which takes place at ever-changing rates affected by tides and other factors.

The U.S. Naval Observatory, keeper of the Pentagon’s master clock, said it would add the extra second on Wednesday in coordination with the world’s atomic clocks at 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds Coordinated Universal Time, or UTC.

That corresponds to 6:59:59 p.m. EST (23:59:59 GMT), when an extra second will tick by — the 24th to be added to UTC since 1972, when the practice began.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy Ramos

    The extra second won’t even be enough time for me to adjust all my clocks.

  • http://puttingoutthefire.blogspot.com Frank Gillespie

    I’m gonna enjoy my single malt for that one second more.

  • Melia

    Does anyone know how to change a clock for 1 second?


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