2016 is about to end and you might be thinking that the New Year will be started as soon as the clock strikes twelve, but this won’t happen. The scientists have announced that 2017 will be delayed by one second.
The experts at National Physical Laboratory, UK are adding a “leap second” in 2016 to make the sequence of time according to the rotation of the Earth. This leap second will be added at 23:59:59, which means that the final second of 2016 will occur twice. In simple words, the final second of the year 2016 will be equivalent to two seconds. In this way, the last minute of this year will be composed of 61 seconds.
There are two types of time, one is created by our clocks while the other is the Earth’s time, which tells how much time our planet has taken to complete one rotation on its axis. A few years ago, scientists used to measure this time by recording the sunset and sunrise timing. Now, there are modern telescopes available to check this type of time.
According to the report, the rotation of the Earth is gradually slowing down since last forty years and that is why sometimes a difference occurs in the sequence of time. Leap seconds are needed to stop the local time crossing the Earth’s time.
An extra second in the time does not create issues for humans but the technology companies run into troubles because of this delay. The communication networks and software need to be programmed according to the exact time to avoid errors.
It is for the 27th time that the scientists are adding a leap second in a year. A similar situation arose in 2015 when an extra second was added on 30th June. So let’s enjoy one more second of 2016 and start planning what you will do in this extra second!