leap second

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a second (as measured by an atomic clock) added to or subtracted from Greenwich Mean Time in order to compensate for slowing in the Earth's rotation

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With an extra leap second, I would press GO to a friendly virus that will spread a sense of responsibility towards oneself, health, society, environment, and business across the world.
Our latest move to add leap second to the UAE standard time follows a decision by the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (based at the Paris Observatory) in January 2015 to add a leap second to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) at the end of June this year.
The leap second at the end of June 2015 will be the 26th.
In Japan, the leap second will be inserted after 8:59:59 a.
As is true for many of the technicians in the cramped little hallway, Fonville is about to witness his first leap second at the USNO.
For Newhall, he's billing his get-together as possibly the last time anyone alive now will experience a leap second.
20] Leap second and UT1-UTC information, NIST Time Scale Data Archive, http://www.
The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service said the leap second was added to account for the small difference in time between the rotation of the globe and the atomic clocks, reports (https://au.
At the heart of the matter is the proposal to abolish the so-called leap second to adjust to the earth s rotation in relation to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the current standard for measuring time.
These days, a leap second is inserted in UTC to keep it within 0.
This additional second, called leap second, is added to the Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) and clocks around the world to go in sync with the Earth's rotation, a concept similar to the leap year.
In its second decision, the UN telecoms agency defers a decision on whether to abolish the leap second to 2015.
As the final countdown, which very correctly observed the leap second, reached its end the crowd spontaneously burst into a few lines of "Auld Lang Syne".
Thanks to the Earth's erratic rotation, the countdown to 2009 lasted a moment longer as British physicists and official timekeepers around the world inserted a leap second to bring the most accurate atomic clocks in line with the astronomical day.
So did you make the most of the extra leap second of 2005 - kindly donated by the boffins at the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service?