30 Jun '15, 11pm

At 07:59:59 today, you’ll get one extra second to your day @TODAYonline

At 07:59:59 today, you’ll get one extra second to your day @TODAYonline

SINGAPORE: At exactly 07:59:59 am on Wednesday (Jul 1), you will get one extra second to your day. The phenomenon, called a “leap second”, takes place every few years, where an additional second is inserted to the atomic clock, or UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). The addition, which is implemented every few years, prevents days from getting longer as the Earth’s rotation continually slows down due to factors such as the moon’s gravitational pull and earthquakes. During the last leap second on Jun 30, 2012, more than 400 Qantas flights were delayed when the airline’s check-in system crashed, while websites such as Reddit, Mozilla and LinkedIn experienced glitches because the systems could not cope with the extra time. This year, the leap second insertion is especially crucial to Asia as it takes place during working hours, unlike the early Sunday morning three years ago. “...

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