29 Dec '16, 3am

Wait a second! Leap second to make 2017 last a second longer

SINGAPORE - At 7:59:59 am on Jan 1, 2017, the clock will tick to 7:59:60am before it hits 8:00:00am. This is due to the leap second. As the planet Earth does not spin at a regular pace, it does not actually complete a rotation every 24 hours. In fact, one rotation takes approximately 24:00:00.01, reported Quartz. To keep the millennia-long practice of clocking time based on the sun's position in the sky, and simplify the work for astrologers, the world simply adjust our clocks. Unlike leap days which happen every four years, leap seconds are inserted at a similar precise moment globally. So countries in or to the west of the UTC 00:00 time zone will get an extra second added to their 2016, while Paris, Moscow, Tokyo and most of those to the east, including Singapore (UTC+08:00), will have their 2017 extended, according to the report. The upcoming leap second was announced ...

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