- A ‘leap second’ will be added to the clock at midnight on 30 June 2015 to account for a discrepancy between Earth’s rotation and the ‘atomic clock’.
- According to the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems, the extra second is necessary given the gradual slowing of the Earth’s rotation.
- It’s reported that the extra second will be shown as ‘:60’ – which means the last minute in June will have 61 seconds.
- News coverage around the world has focused on the potential for the leap second to wreak havoc on software not equipped to handle such an action.
- There have been 25 instances of ‘leap seconds’ since 1972.
- The last leap second was added on June 30 2012, which reportedly caused problems for Qantas and LinkedIn, among others.
- The extra second will be implemented at midnight, ‘universal time’.