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Old 12-31-2008, 05:57 PM
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Si, this has been common nearly every year since UTC was started (2/3 of the 36 years have had one or more adjustments in seconds). Sometimes an extra second is added on (earth's rotation slowing) and sometimes an extra second is taken away (earth's rotation speeding up), so don't think we're simply slowing down. In five years, this practice will no longer be performed, so you may have another 4 or so NYE's with this oddity, if its needed). Unfortunately, as it happens during the UK's NYE (or sometimes in the middle of the year), it happens at 7:00 PM EST in New York, so it's not really discussed or noticed on this side of the pond.
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