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Remember To Set Your Clocks!

This coming New Years Eve everybody needs to remember to change the time of their clock….by one whole second. It sounds daft, but this happens every three years because the earth gets too out of sync. When the clock strikes 00:59:59 on New Years Eve,  make sure to pause time for about one second, and then let it strike 01:00:00. The insertion of this leap second was prescribed by the International Earth Rotation Service in Paris due to the fact that the earth tends to lag behind the extremely precise atomic clocks. So, happy leap second-year!

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December 10, 2008 - Posted by | General Science | , , , , , , , , ,

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