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It’s Official: The Leap Second Will Be Retired (a Decade from Now) – By Alanna Mitchell

It’s Official: The Leap Second Will Be Retired (a Decade from Now) – By Alanna Mitchell

Clock faces at the Electric Time Company in Medfield, Mass. The leap second was devised as a way to align the atomic time scale, in use since 1967 and derived from the vibration of cesium atoms, with the slightly slower time kept by Earth as it rotates.
Clock faces at the Electric Time Company in Medfield, Mass. The leap second was devised as a way to align the atomic time scale, in use since 1967 and derived from the vibration of cesium atoms, with the slightly slower time kept by Earth as it rotates.
Image Copyright : Charles Krupa/Associated Press

On Friday, an international vote was taken to ditch the leap second, a technical fudge that has caused headaches since its inception 50 years ago.
Time,Weights and Measures,Space and Astronomy,Physics,Navigation,Telephones and Telecommunications,Global Positioning System,your-feed-science,International Bureau of Weights and Measures,International Telecommunication Union,National Institute of Standards and Technology,Vatican Observatory,Boulder (Colo),Tucson (Ariz),France
Author : By Alanna Mitchell
Publish : 2022-11-19T13:44:42-05:00

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