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The outgoing year is delayed by one second

December 18 2008

Last minute of 2008 will not have 60 seconds, and 61. This means that the coming Year of the Bull will come exactly one second later.

So happen correction atomic clocks and astronomical time which determined rotation Earth. Additional seconds began be added since 1972. Total for this period there have been 23 "additives", the last time in 2005, according to ITAR-TASS .

Periodic increase in the second year is done in order to bring universal coordinated time reference in accordance with waist Greenwich, which is measured by passing in the London area the prime meridian.

However, in 2009 risks becoming a "historic" when the world goes to a new system and abandon the periodic increment of one second, and will be added one hour, but once in 600 years. This world, "Prime Minister" should happen in 2600.

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