Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Will you be ushering Year 2009 or 23:59:59 of Year 2008?

If you are like millions around the world counting down to a brand new year tomorrow night with “3,2,1…Happy New Year!”, you would most probably be entering the new year a second ahead !

This is due to the existence of a leap second. I believe most of us are all too familiar with a leap year. But a leap second? I believe many would not have even heard about it. There is some complicated theory behind, which you may want to read more about if you are interested.

Thus do pause for an extra second after shouting hoarse your voice the ‘1’ tomorrow, you will then enter the New Year on the precise timing!

Let us watch whether those hosts of the local countdown shows know of this fact….else if unaware of the fact, they will be misleading the whole of Singapore and we would be in fact celebrating and ushering the last second of year 2008: 23:59:59!

The leap second is a second into the leap of a brand new year!


Josephine said...

I heard the news on adding an extra second in 2008 wor.
so, the last second will be 23:59:60 of 2008.

eastcoastlife said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving your comments.

May you be more charming, richer, healthier and happiest this coming new year!!

Happy year 2009!

Singapore Short Stories said...

Hi Josephine, what an interesting perspective you have on the leap second!

Thanks ECL for your wishes!

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