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Need another second? Got it

NATIONAL BRIEFING / WASHINGTON, D.C.

December 09, 2008|Times Wire Reports

This year may feel as if it will never end. Now timekeepers are making it even longer by adding a leap second to it.

The Earth is slowing down, requiring timekeepers to add an extra second to atomic clocks. The second will be tacked on to Dec. 31 between 6:59:59 and 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The world started adding leap seconds in 1972. This is the first since 2005.

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