Leap Second Adds 1 More Second to 2008

The world's timekeepers are adding a leap second to the last day of the year. Because the Earth is slowing in its daily rotation, an extra second will be tacked onto Dec. 31. That extra second will make 2008 the longest year since 1992. It's already long because it's a leap year.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. This year, the countdown to 2009 should start at 11...

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

11, 10, 9, 8...

MONTAGNE: That's because the world's timekeepers are adding a leap second to atomic clocks. Because the earth is slowing down in its daily rotation, an extra second will be snuck in on New Year's Eve between 6:59:59 and 7 p.m. What with the election and the economic crisis, 2008 may feel like a very long year, but it's going to be even longer. It's Morning Edition.

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