Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Extra Second in 2008

As if we really needed to prolong this year any longer than necessary... (from CNN)
Immediately before midnight a leap second -- the first for three years -- will be added to atomic clocks around the world by official timekeepers.

Peter Whibberley, a senior research scientist at Britain's National Physical Laboratory, said the Earth's erratic rotation meant an extra second needed to be added.

"The difference between atomic time and Earth time has now built up to the point where it needs to be corrected, so this New Year's Eve we will experience a rare 61 second minute at the very end of 2008 and revelers... will have an extra second to celebrate."

Oh, come on. They couldn't have thrown this in at, say, noon? Or randomly thrown it out in the middle of a day so no one notices?

I think this is a great example of "nerds want attention, too." :-)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

actually, it isn't such a rare event, and it prevents those pesky missiles and gps systems from exploding with fiery hilarity.

happy new year love!!!