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We May Have to Jump Ahead in Time to Catch Up with the Earth’s New, Shorter Minutes

You know how 2020 felt like the longest year ever?  Technically it was SHORTER than we realized.

 

According to scientists who work on the atomic clock, the Earth is rotating FASTER now.  Like, Sunday was technically only 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 59.9998927 seconds.  And last year had 28 days that were shorter than the shortest day in 2005.

 

One of the scientists says, quote, “It is certainly correct that the Earth is spinning faster now than at any time in the last 50 years.”

 

Now, it’s probably not something to be WORRIED about . . . we’re not about to spin out of orbit and crash straight into Venus or anything.  The Earth speeds up and slows down because of natural movements in space.

 

But WE need to catch up.  You may remember the few times we’ve had “leap seconds,” where we added an extra second to catch up with the Earth.

 

Now we may need the first-ever NEGATIVE leap second . . . where we have a 59-second minute.

 

Obviously, that difference won’t matter much to you, but it can have a major effect on things like satellites that rely on perfect timing.



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