Oh! Can’t get enough of 2016? You’re in for a treat. This year will last a second longer in some countries as “leap second”. A second will be added to the world’s clocks on New Year’s Eve by the timekeepers. Time lords at the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) have announced that there will be an extra second added to the end of this year, so clocks will read 23:59:60 on 31 December.
An extra second is being added to clocks on Dec. 31. That means before the world can ring in 2017 at midnight on Saturday, this crummy year – which already included an extra day in February – will overstay its welcome ’til the bitter end. The reason? For so-called “leap seconds” get tacked on every few years in order to keep clocks in sync with Earth’s rotation.
As the Earth does not spin at a regular pace, it does not actually complete a rotation every 24 hours. In fact, one rotation takes approximately 24:00:00.01 as by reported Quartz. Unlike a leap day which happen every four years, leap second are inserted at a similar precise moment globally. So countries in or to the west of the UTC 00:00 time zone will get an extra second added to their 2016 year, while Paris, Moscow, Tokyo and most of those to the east, including Singapore (UTC+08:00), will have their 2017 year extended by a second, according to the report.