Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 30, 2015
Did you feel it? Your day just got a second longer

If you’re reading this before 5:59 p.m. on Tuesday, your clock is wrong.

But it’s not just your clock — it’s pretty much every clock on earth. Fortunately, there is a solution: astronomers will add a single “leap second” at 5:59:59 p.m. MDT Tuesday to sync the world’s clocks with the planet’s rotation once again.

Even though Tuesday will be ever so slightly longer than normal, Patrick Wiggins, a local resident and a Solar System Ambassador for NASA, said most people won’t notice the difference. The leap second should pass without causing any undue distress, though in the past such events have caused some time-sensitive features on a few websites to crash, he said.

Scientists adjust the world’s clocks with leap seconds every once in a while to keep clocks aligned with the Earth’s actual position in space, Wiggins said. The most recent — the one that crashed websites — occurred in 2012. The first few leap seconds were added in 1972, he said, when astronomers first detected a slight discrepancy between the Earth’s rotation and the actual time. 

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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