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- And Now, Leap Seconds:
Who knew that such a thing existed? Apparently, every so often the global time keepers of the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service have to stretch time by adding an extra second to the 24 hour period in order to keep our clocks in sync with the heavens.
Now scientists want to abolish the leap second. If they do, the time on our clocks will no longer have any relation to the planetary movements.
In our days of everything electronic, the leap second complicates things such as global positioning satellites, electronic communications, and the internet. Computerized clocks aren't wired to compensate for a leap second.
The downfall is that over time (ha ha) atomic clocks would say it was midday in the middle of the night. In 500 years the man-made time would be off by one hour. Eventually, we would lose the time-based link we associate with night and day.
So, no more looking at the sun to calculate the time of day? Call me sentimental, but it kind of makes me sad.
What do you think?