US scientists want to change the current system, which keeps clocks in sync with solar time by adding a leap second every 18 months or so.
"They want for the first time in history to separate us from the natural rotation of the Earth, which means as the years go by we will increasingly get out of sync with astronomy and the real world," he said.
"It means in a sense, as far as time-keeping is concerned, the meridian line becomes sort of an irrelevance."
#2 Posted on 11.11.05 1029.13 Reposted on: 11.11.12 1029.47
Say we quit the adjustment. In 90 years we will be off from the rotation by one minute and off by one hour in 5400 years. Unless they are proposing something more radical, I think I'll be dead before I would notice. And think about it, with our society today, the coventions of time are becoming more and more irrelevant except when you need to know when to show up.
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#3 Posted on 11.11.05 1805.33 Reposted on: 11.11.12 1805.38
Well, that is true. But doesn't the Daylight Savings time have exceptions for the not exact 365.24 days in a solar year? I know that is why there was no leap day in 1800 and 1900 but there was one in 2000. Probably the leap year system is just as dumb as the leap second theory but people are more or less used to it.