Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

'No Leap Second' Announced

clockMuch to the relief of millions of people, the United States Naval Observatory has announced that a "leap second" adjustment to everyone's clocks, watches, computers and other time keeping devices will not be necessary —  "No Leap Second" will be introduced in December 2013.

The announcement was contained in Bulletin C 46 by International Earth Rotation and
Reference Systems Service as scientists and astronomers attempt to gauge
actual earth rotation vs International Atomic Time.  The variance is of little
concern to the average person. 

It is a very big deal to the International Space Station moving at 4.75 miles per
second and GPS satellites, in which the earth's position must correlate to the satellite.  

The last leap second was in June 2012 and scientists expect another adjustment in
2015.  

The earth is slowly slowing down in reaction to tides although that doesn't mean  residents of planet Earth should be alarmed.  The total time difference since January 1961 is 35 seconds.  The adjusted time called Coordinated Universal Time.

This does not mean the day is 35 seconds shorter.  It means that if you
synchronized an atomic clock to actual time of day in January 1961 to the same earth position (time of day) today, the atomic clock would be 35 seconds fast.  Therefore UTC time is 35 seconds slower than atomic time.

The U.S. Naval Observatory is the official time keeper for the United States
Department of Defense, the United States Global Positioning Satellite system and the standard time for The United States.

Interestingly, the GPS uses neither UTC or TAI.  It uses its own unique time.  GPS
is about 16 seconds faster than UTC and is adjusted frequently to compensate for
earth rotation variations.  A 4.75 mile variation is not acceptable for military and civilian GPS applications.

Ron Sanders
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

In Other News...

Owensboro Police Department Activity Reports

OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/27/14) — Owensboro Police Department reported the following recent arrests and citations: John Hardy,… Read More

Local Woman Charged in Thefts

MURRAY, Ky. (8/27/14) — On Aug. 27 at approximately 12:30 a.m., MPD officers made a stop at 12th and Chestnut on a… Read More
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 25, 2014 4260

14-Year-Old Suffers Gunshot Wound; Air…

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 3931

Flooded Central City Church's Seven Day…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 3455

Camper Stolen in Utica Recovered in…

in Top Stories by Martha Clark
August 25, 2014 2951

Daviess County Health Department…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 2942

44th Mount Saint Joseph Picnic is Sunday,…

in News by Jennifer Kaminski

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 25, 2014 4260

14-Year-Old Suffers Gunshot Wound; Air…

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 2407

Two Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision Near…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
August 25, 2014 2295

Former Co-Workers Trying to Raise Money…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 24, 2014 2268

Two Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision…

in Top Stories by Officer Jeff Miller
August 26, 2014 1737

Two People Injured When Vehicle Overturns…

in Top Stories by Matt Sanderson

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 25, 2014 2951

Daviess County Health Department…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 2942

44th Mount Saint Joseph Picnic is Sunday,…

in News by Jennifer Kaminski
August 25, 2014 2810

GRADD Seeking Ombudsman Program Volunteers

in News by Woody Maglinger
August 26, 2014 2179

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 26, 2014 1859

City Street Closures on Strawbridge and…

in News by Abby Shelton

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 25, 2014 3931

Flooded Central City Church's Seven Day…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 3455

Camper Stolen in Utica Recovered in…

in Top Stories by Martha Clark
August 25, 2014 2605

Mustangs Marching Classic

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 2565

Job Corp Celebrates 50th Anniversary

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 26, 2014 1939

Family Has Close Call with Tornado

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06