ITU-R located in Geneva, Switzerland, responsible for the worlds time measuring have recently decided, that the needed Leap Second will be added on the 30th of June 2015.
This will however create some tasks, to make sure that everything will run smooth despite the Leap Second.
A leap second is a second which is added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in order to synchronize atomic clocks with astronomical time to within 0.9 seconds, this means that instead of going from 23:59:59 to 00:00:00, it will be 23:59:60 and then 00:00:00.
The reason a leap second every now and then has to be added, is that Earth's rotation around its own axis, is gradually slowing down, although very slowly.
Atomic clocks however, are programmed to tick away at pretty much the same speed over millions of years. Compared to the Earth's rotation – which determines the length of a day – the atomic clocks are simply too accurate.
This may seem insignificant, but many applications and some OS-Systems cannot handle the number 60 in seconds, or 61 seconds in a minute.
Last time a leap second was added, was in 2012, were some unpatched vulnerable applications and OS-Systems, suffered service interruption.
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