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2008 around just a little bit longer (1 second)

A leap second will be added to the clock at 12/31/2008 23:59:59 UTC tonight.  Clocks will go:

12/31/2008 23:59:58
12/31/2008 23:59:59
12/31/2008 23:59:60
01/01/2009 00:00:00
01/01/2009 00:00:01

Hopefully most IT folks will be otherwise occupied at that time and not focusing on their system clocks.

Have a Happy 1-second Delayed New Year.

David Goldsmith


78 Posts
Dec 31st 2008
Best wishes for 2009 to the ISC crew and all visitors of this site! Btw although 2009 will be one second longer for everyone east of Greenwich (including me at +0100), 2008 was an extremely long year for everyone else (one leap day plus one leap second). However, measured in seconds, according to 1972 was a longer year! Of interest to readers interested in forensics may be that Unix time (#seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC)does NOT take leap seconds into account. See for the trickery involved.

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