Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Don’t Forget to Turn Your Clock Back

No, I haven’t lost it, I know most of you had to turn your clocks ahead an hour a couple of months ago. (We don't do such things in Hawaii.) But, it was announced this week that 2008 will have an extra second!

The U.S. Naval Observatory’s Master Clock Facility in Washington DC will be adding a “leap second” to the clocks of the world. This will happen at 6:59:59 p.m. Eastern on New Year’s Eve. They do this every now and then, ever since 1972. So far, this will be the 24th leap second added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

There’s a big ol’ explanation about this but in simple terms, the clocks have to catch up with the Earth’s rotation.

So there’s that extra time you’ve been craving … what are YOU going to do with that extra second?

4 comments:

Bevlove said...

I'll give some serious thought as what I will do with my second.

Rebecca said...

I could read a ... no. Or eat a ... no. Or go to ... no. Um. I'll probably just sleep through it. :)

casch said...

I haven't decided what to do with my extra second, perhaps read another word or just sleep through it!

Montee said...

Mmmmm. I'll have to get back to you.