Enjoy The Extra Long Weekend – Clock Keepers Add Leap Second To Make Up For Slowing Earth
Use it wisely!
The keepers of the world's clocks are adding a "leap second" to time at the stroke of midnight, Saturday June 30th. For one second, time will stand still as scientists give atomic clocks the chance to catch re-synch with Earth.
Today's atomic clocks are accurate to approximately one second in 200 million years. On average, our planet has been falling behind atomic time at a rate of about two milliseconds per day. As a result, it now trails the "official" clock by about six-tenths of a second.
Once completed, Sunday morning will find the Earth about a fourth of a second ahead of the clock - which will allow for the growing time difference.