A minute will be of 59 seconds now?

A minute will be of 59 seconds now?

Time stops for nobody and similarly earth slows down for no-one. An hour consists of 60 minutes and there are 24 hours in a day as it takes that much time for our Earth to make a rotation. We have been following this theory since forever.

However, according to a report by Telegraph (newspaper), scientists are asking for reducing a minute by one second (which means 59 seconds= 1 minute). This concept signifies that a minute will last for 59 seconds now. According to global time officials, the earth is speeding up, prompting suggestions to shorten the minute by a second(59 seconds=1 minute).

These new theories revealed by the scientists are as per the data. The data states that the 24-hour daily rotation is decreasing considerably and reducing the time in our day. As per records, Sunday lasted only 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 59.9998927 seconds. Astronomical calendar trends indicate that recent years have become shorter overall.

Why scientists want to shorten the minute to 59 seconds?

Earth’s rotation isn’t constant, it is changing every fraction of seconds. You might be wondering why the scientists want to shorten the minute of 60 seconds to 59 seconds. It is also termed as a “negative leap of seconds”. These are the reasons why:

  • Currently, Earth’s rotation is leaning towards a faster spinning speed and is shorter than the average days.
  • The adjustment of these fractional differences in time is helpful for research and regulation, some scientists argue.
  • Others believe, however, that adding a full leap second might not be worth it due to the potential server and it might cause many technological crashes.

What will happen if the minute will be of 59 seconds?

“If only there were fewer hours in a day,” said no one, ever. As we humans are always running short of time, reducing 24 seconds wouldn’t make much difference. Reducing 1 sec from a minute means reducing 60 seconds from 60 minutes which means 1440 seconds in a day. This figure affects the technology on a larger scale. According to reports, in 2012, an added leap second caused server crashes across a number of internet sites, including Reddit, Yelp, and LinkedIn, while also disrupting those who use Linux operating systems and software using Javascript.

According to reports, the shortest day in 2020 has been 28 times shorter than the shortest day recorded in 2005. And also, researchers have predicted that 2021 is going to be 19 milliseconds shorter than the average year, with an average daily shortage of 0.05 milliseconds.

The decision will be finalized at the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2023 by the council of the International Telecommunication Union. If they do decide in favor of the “negative leap second,” then a whole lot of clocks are going to need adjusting. 

Did You Know?

  • 60 million years ago, a day on Earth used to last for 6 hours but the interaction between earth and moon slowed down its speed, which we experience today.
  • There are 13 months in an International Fixed Calendar.
  • The strontium atomic clock is the most accurate clock ever built.
  • In the Mesozoic Era, there were 370 days in a year.
  • It takes 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4.2 seconds for the Earth to rotate.

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