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Last minute of 2005 to have 61 seconds

World clocks will be set back by one whole second at midnight on December 31, this year. Researchers have said that Earth has not been able to keep up with its rotational pace. Therefore, the last minute of December 31 will have 61 seconds instead of 60.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2005 11:56 IST

World clocks will be set back by one whole second at midnight on December 31, this year. Researchers have said that Earth has not been able to keep up with its rotational pace. Therefore, the last minute of December 31 will have 61 seconds instead of 60.

Following the advice of astronomers, who use observations ofstars to keep tabs on the Earth’s spin, the International Telecommunication Union has decided to adjust the world’s clock by one whole minute to set them right.

“People in North America who have shortwave radios and nothing better to do on New Year’s Eve can actually hear this ‘leap second’ correction being made,” said Roger Sinnott, a senior editor at Sky and Telescope magazine.

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 Time check

• December 31, 2005 to have 61 seconds

• World clock will be adjusted by one minute

• No threat to computers and radio control clocks

• Last leap was on Dec 31, 1998

Astronomers have said that tuning into the shortwave station WWV at 5 or 10 Mh, or CHU at 3.335 Mh, will allow people to count 61 official seconds before the minute before midnight at Greenwich. If everything goes right, all personal computers, GPS receivers, and radio-controlled clocks around the world will automatically adjust themselves, they said, adding that the last time a leap second was added was on December 31, 1998.

First Published: Dec 22, 2005 11:56 IST