How to Handle This Year’s Extra Second: ‘Smear’ It

(NEWSER) – For many, 2016 can’t end soon enough. For everyone, though, it’s actually going to last one second longer than usual. With New Year’s Eve approaching, outlets such as Phys.org are reminding people that an extra “leap second” will be added to the final day of 2016 in order to keep our earthly time-keeping […]

The leap second: Because our clocks are more accurate than the Earth

We’ve recently been treated to that extra day in February that reminds us that 2016 is a leap year. Introduced by Julius Caesar, the leap day is necessary because the orbital year is not exactly equal to the 365 days of our calendar year. Without the adjustment, this year’s spring-like Christmas would eventually become routine […]