Revealed: Why rubbish 2016 will drag on for one second longer than last year

'We need time to be measured really accurately for all of the communication satellites' - Why we're getting an extra second of 2016

2016 will have an extra second

Friday, December 30, 2016

In the wake of Brexit, Trump and all those celebrity deaths, most people can't wait for 2016 to be over.

But unfortunately this annus horribilis will drag one for one second longer than last year. Given all the things we've seen since January 1, there's probably time for at least three rotten things to happen in that extra second.

Chris Hudson, planetarium supervisor at the Life Science Centre, joined Jake Yapp to explain why we're getting an extra second on 2016. Apparently it's all the earth's fault for not moving fast enough.

The "leap second" will be added on at the end of the day on December 31 across the world, in order to compensate for a slowdown in the Earth's rotation.

Hudson told Jake Yapp: “We need time to be measured really accurately for all of the communication satellites.

“The most accurate scientific way we can measure time is using atomic clocks, there’s a network of about 200 atomic clocks around the world that co-ordinate themselves.

“It’s roughly a second every couple of years, so some years you could even have two leap seconds added to it, but that’s the most you would get."

Listen to the full audio above

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