Time is passing quicker now than at any point in the last half century, official data reveals.
Earth’s rotation is faster than normal and, as a result, the length of a day is currently ever-so-slightly shorter than the regulation 24 hours.
The world’s timekeepers are now debating whether to delete a second from time to account for the change, and bring the precise passing of time back into line with the the rotation of the Earth.
While the addition of a so-called ‘negative leap second’ has never been done before, a total of 27 ‘leap seconds’ have been added since the 1970s, in order to keep atomic time in line with solar time.
This is because, for decades, the Earth has taken slightly longer than 24 hours to complete a rotation, but since last year it has been taking taking slightly less.
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Source: Daily Mail