In an effort to encourage the adoption of a new timekeeping system, Meta is formally supporting any future attempts to add another leap second. While leap seconds have historically merely been added to the timekeeping cycle, the absence of a time stamp will “have a devastating effect on the software relying on timers or schedulers.” The explainer is quite technological, but there are risks involved, and system crashes of this kind have happened before. For instance, in 2017, when the system panicked after seeing a negative value, Cloudflare servers experienced experienced an outage on New Year’s Eve.

Anything from climate change to tidal motions could cause Earth’s speed rise and the shortening of days. Even the gravitational pull of the Moon could be a factor in the alteration. The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and subsequent tsunami, according to research reported in Nature, accelerated the Earth’s rotation. It stated that a “shift off mass towards the planet’s center” was what caused the alteration in Earth’s rotating pattern.

The Chandler Wobble is one explanation for the most recent turn of events. The Chandler Wobble was Discovered by American astronomer Seth Carlo Chandler using a tool he created called almucantar to measure the Earth’s pole’s movement over a period of about 14 months by 0.7 arcseconds. Scientists AA6 that it is brought on by variations in pressure, temperature, and salt at the ocean’s bottom.

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