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Wednesday December 28, 2016

2016 Has A Leap Second

The final minute of this year will be one second longer than a normal sixty second minute. What are you going to do with your extra second?

Countries that use Coordinated Universal Timeآ—several West African nations, Britain, Ireland and Icelandآ—will add the leap second during the midnight countdown to 2017آ—making the year's final minute 61 seconds long. "This extra second, or leap second, makes it possible to align astronomical time, which is irregular and determined by Earth's rotation, with UTC which is extremely stable and has been determined by atomic clocks since 1967," the Paris Observatory said in a statement.

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