In some scientific and other intellectual circles, this is a BIG deal.
(MEDIA GENERAL) – You’ve always wished for more time in the day. Now, you’ve got it. Tuesday, June 30, 2015 will be 24 hours and 1 second long.
A leap second will be added Tuesday to keep our clocks more closely synced with the Earth’s rotation, per the International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service in Paris. Universal time says the Earth completes a full rotation around the sun every 86,400.002 seconds. The “.002” is what causes the leap second.
According to NASA, the “Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down a bit, due to a kind of braking force caused by the gravitational tug of war between Earth, the moon and the sun.”
By adding an occasional leap second, it brings our atomic-measured time closer in sync with the Earth’s actual rotation time – known as universal time.
Humans won’t notice the added second, but computers can, and some…
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