2008 around just a little bit longer (1 second)

Published: 2008-12-31
Last Updated: 2008-12-31 23:08:01 UTC
by David Goldsmith (Version: 1)
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A leap second will be added to the clock at 12/31/2008 23:59:59 UTC tonight.  Clocks will go:

12/31/2008 23:59:58
12/31/2008 23:59:59
12/31/2008 23:59:60
01/01/2009 00:00:00
01/01/2009 00:00:01

Hopefully most IT folks will be otherwise occupied at that time and not focusing on their system clocks.

Have a Happy 1-second Delayed New Year.

David Goldsmith

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Best wishes for 2009 to the ISC crew and all visitors of this site! Btw although 2009 will be one second longer for everyone east of Greenwich (including me at +0100), 2008 was an extremely long year for everyone else (one leap day plus one leap second). However, measured in seconds, according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_second 1972 was a longer year! Of interest to readers interested in forensics may be that Unix time (#seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC)does NOT take leap seconds into account. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_time for the trickery involved.

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