[ntp:questions] Google and leap seconds

Rob van der Putten rob at sput.nl
Thu Sep 22 09:59:33 UTC 2011


Hi there


Richard B. Gilbert wrote:

> It's unfortunate that the earth DOES NOT rotate exactly 360 degrees in 
> exactly 24.000000000000 hours. This bit of poor design causes all sorts 
> of problems.

It's about 361°, 23:56:04.1 for 360°.

>  Leap seconds are just one of the symptoms!

It not just the earth's rotation. It's it's orbit as well. No two orbits 
are identical.


Regards,
Rob
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