Atomic Clock Scientists Suggest Shortening Minute to 59 Seconds
Remember 2020? I know it was a year ago, but it felt like the longest year of our lives. Technically, it was shorter than we realized.
According to scientists who work on the atomic clock, the Earth is actually rotating faster than it used to. Last Sunday was actually 3 hours, 59 minutes, and 59.9998927 seconds. 2020 also had 28 days that were shorter than the shortest day in 2005.
One scientist said "It is certainly correct that the Earth is spinning faster now than at any time in the last 50 years."
They say it's nothing to worry about, we're not going to spin off track and fly into the side of Venus or something. The Earth regularly speeds up and slows down because of the natural movements in space.
The only thing is, they say we need to catch up with the Earth. You might remember years ago when they added in a "leap second" where we added a second to catch up with the rotation, but now the scientists are saying we need a negative leap second, moving our minutes to 59-seconds.
Obviously, it doesn't matter to us, because we'd still be late if they added in a few minutes. The only effect it could have is on things like satellites, that rely on absolutely perfect timing.
Read more at New York Post