Sunday snippets: a giant leap-second for mankind

leap second in June 2012

Rise and shine!

I’m reliably informed that I had an extended lie-in this morning: so sorry not to have noticed an additional second added to the closing moment of the month of June.

To keep atomic and planetary time in synchronisation, it’s necessary every now and again to add a leap second to our lives. Otherwise, we could eventually end up with the sun setting at mid-day, it seems.

I enjoyed this quote from an expert: “We want to have both times close together and it’s not possible to adjust the Earth’s rotation,” he grandly announced.

[1]: The Guardian

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