Saturday, June 30, 2012

Have you adjusted your clocks for the leap second today?

We're getting a leap second today, according to the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) in Paris who are known as the "grand arbiters of time."

As this article explains:

At the chime of midnight on June 30th it will take two seconds to transition into July instead of one.

You and I probably won't even notice the extra second - I doubt most people will even realize it's happened. But people who work on strict time tables, like air traffic controllers, traffic schedulers, and telecommunications and GPS coordinators will have to put time back in sync.

You learn something new every day.

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