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2012 and Leap Second

 
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06/30/2012 03:40 AM
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2012 and Leap Second
[link to earthsky.org]

A leap second will be added to official timekeeping this weekend. At the same time, global time-keepers are debating whether we should add leap seconds at all.
A leap second will be added to official timekeeping this weekend. It will happen just before midnight UTC (7 p.m. CDT) on June 30, 2012.


A leap second is a one-second adjustment to the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). It’s an extra second added in to our official timekeeping, with the previous one being December 31, 2008.

The data Steve is referring to are available from:

[link to www.ucolick.org]

A meeting, “Decoupling Civil Timekeeping from Earth Rotation” ( [link to futureofutc.org] was organized near Philadelphia in October 2011. Proceedings were published by the American Astronautical Society. Preprints, presentations, and round-table discussions are available from the web site.
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