October 29th, 2014

2009 meet late Krivoy Rog!

At the international consortium of timekeepers decided to add to the outgoing 2008 so-called leap seconds or second coordination, due to the uneven rotation of the planet.

In the last seconds of coordination has been added December 31, 2005. Just added a second for 23 times. First adjust the standard flow of time were produced in 1972, writes Lenta.ru

Necessary amendments to the calendar was made possible after the invention in 1949 of atomic clocks, which to this day are the most accurate of the existing types of timepieces. Scientists said that all clocks installed in mobile phones and computers, automatically renewed in 2008.

Since then, the extra second can end up in the year or at the end of day December 31 or June 30. Thus, the renewal date, after 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds comes a time equal to 23 hours 59 minutes and 60 seconds.

The current time adjustment will allow a leap in 2008 to become the longest in 16 years. Note that the Earth's rotation slows down over time, which can cause more frequent entry in the calendar second coordination.