30 Dec 2005 mchirico   » (Journeyer)

Leap Second of 2005

The last time we had a leap second was 1998. This is exciting! We're going to have another one.

For me this will occur Dec 31, 7:00pm EST. Unlike the New Year, the whole planet experiences this transition at once, when the UTC clock ticks 23:59:60.

Below, is what the last leap second looked like in 1998

        Date        Time       TAI  NTP Leap        NTP Seconds
 1.  Dec 31 98    23:59:59     31    01           3,124,137,599
 2.  Dec 31 98    23:59:60     31    01           3,124,137,600
 3.  Jan 01 98    00:00:00     32    00           3,124,137,600
 4.  Jan 01 99    00:00:01     33    00           3,124,137,601

By the way, this is the 23rd leap second. Yes, I know what you're thinking. The number 23 is interesting because it's the first intersection of Pi and e.

   Pi = 3.141592653589793-23-84
   e  = 2.718281828459045-23-53

Also, the earth is tilted at 23.5 degrees...hmm there's that number again. Ramsey Theory? Maybe, probably.

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