Just a second and Leap seconds

Parth Saxena By Parth Saxena, 7th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/wrw7gjd_/
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This article is about what happens in just a second.
Also about what a leap second is.

Just a Second and Leap Second

A second does not not sound very long, but by the time you have read this sentence, almost 5 of them will have gone by. Watch an average-length film and more than 5,000 seconds will tick away. In a lifetime of 80 years, there are more than 2.5 billion seconds - but you will spend more than 800 million of them asleep.

Leap Second
The rotation of the Earth is slowing down. This means that a solar day ( the time it takes Earth to make one completer revolution) and the time shown by atomic clocks would gradually diverge. This problem has been solved by adding "leap seconds". There have been 22 leap seconds since 1972. The last one was added on 31 December 2005, which delayed New Year's Day 2006 by one second!

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I believe that one can express himself better by writing and I am doing the same.
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author avatar jotomy
7th Apr 2012 (#)

good information.

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author avatar Parth Saxena
7th Apr 2012 (#)

thnxx dea... :)

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author avatar Retired
7th Apr 2012 (#)

Good article, I like this.

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author avatar Parth Saxena
7th Apr 2012 (#)

thnx jenny... :)

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