Didn’t care so much for 2016? The bad news is, this year is not going to end when you thought it was.
The good news is, it will only last a second longer than normal.
Apparently though, 2016 is a nightmare that refuses to end as it will be precisely one second longer than most years.
According to Jay Reynolds, a research astronomer at Cleveland State University, here’s why this year will be one second longer: The Earth’s rotation is essentially slowing down, and the atomic clocks used today are so very accurate, that every so often, a second needs to be added. The “leap second” means that New Year’s Eve 2016 will be 86,401 seconds as opposed to the 86,400 in a normal day.
Reynolds says this has been happening since 1972. Since then, 26 leap seconds have been added!