The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 December 2005

It's been a long year

And apparently it's going to be literally so: in an effort to keep the rotation of the Earth and the atomic clocks in sync, the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service will add one second to the very end of 2005.

The last time the Paris-based IERS twiddled with the clock was in 1998; a mid-year correction was made in 1997.

The dropping of the ball will be timed accordingly; revelers are advised to take note.

Posted at 7:17 AM to General Disinterest


International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service

Sounds like a real dream job, that.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:50 AM on 28 December 2005

Then again, it is in France.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:13 AM on 28 December 2005

An extra second? That's nothing. The International Geophysical Year was 18 months long.

Posted by: Michael Bates at 3:02 PM on 28 December 2005

And it prompted a record by Donald Fagen that seemed almost that long.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:08 PM on 28 December 2005