Cool!!! - Clock enthusiasts take note: A leap second has been scheduled for June 30, 2012. A leap second is an adjustment to the atomic clock-based Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to bring it more closely in line with Universal Time (UT), which is based on the rotation of the earth. The two time standards do not agree because the earth’s rotation is ever so gradually and unpredictably slowing down. Yes, really.
Reddit, Mozilla, and several other big name web outfits experienced brief technical problems on Saturday evening, when software unpinning their online operations choked on the "leap second" that was added to the world's atomic clocks.
Leap Day's got nothing on the Leap SECOND! Hank explains why a second is being added to 2012 and why some are upset about it. Like SciShow on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Follow SciShow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow leap second, leap day, 2012, hank green, scishow, sci show, mean solar time, atomic clock, itu, moon...
What Is a Leap Second? Why is June 30 the longest day in three years? Because you’ll get one extra second in your day—a leap second. The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service adds a leap second every few years to keep the clocks we use to measure official time and the speed of Earth’s rotation in sync. But why do we need to do this? And what kind of problems could result? By: National Geographic.Donate to the National G