2016: The year that doesn’t want to end
If you couldn’t get enough of 2016, you’re in luck. The world’s timekeepers are adding a second to Dec. 31 to keep clocks in sync with the Earth’s rotation, according to vox.com.
The year has been a tough one, from a heated presidential election to the deaths of so many beloved entertainers. And yet, it will endure one second longer.
It turns out, adding a “leap second” to a year is pretty common. And that’s because the earth’s rotation changes slightly over time, vox.com reported. The earth’s rotation isn’t exactly 24 hours — it’s affected by weather, tides, melting glaciers and other factors.
Like much of 2016, adding a leap second has been controversial. Some scientists are against changing clocks, while some would rather add an entire hour.
So what should you do with that extra time on New Year’s Eve? You could stare into the vastness of space and contemplate the meaning of life, but one second isn’t much time for deep thought. You could enjoy the extra time by starting a new hobby, but again, one second doesn’t give you much time. You could watch your clocks, waiting for that magical moment when scientist make the year longer, but that sounds boring.
Want a better idea? Why not simply use that one extra second to say “thanks” for another year? 2016 may not have been your best year or your favorite year, but those of us who will see 2017 at least have that to be thankful for.
So right before 2017 arrives, feel free to stare into the vastness of space and thank God for another year.