LEAP YEAR is when February 29th is added to the calendar usually every 4 years because the earth doesn’t revolve around the sun in precisely 365 days.
How many of us have ever heard of the LEAP SECOND? Well, little did I know that on December 31 ~ New Year’s Eve 2016 ~ a single second was added to the Atomic Clock because the speed of the earth’s rotation is not constant. It’s almost constant but not exactly. In fact, the Earth’s rotation has slowed about 1.8 milliseconds per day — which means the solar day itself has lengthened, little by little.
This is a rather comical analysis of the situation ~ turns out that the atomic clock is better at keeping time than the rotation of the Earth ~ at least that is the assessment of atomic scientists.
“Atomic clocks are more than a million times better at keeping time than the rotation of the Earth, which fluctuates unpredictably. Leap seconds are needed to prevent civil time drifting away from Earth time. Although the drift is small — taking around a thousand years to accumulate a one-hour difference — if not corrected, it would eventually result in clocks showing midday before sunrise.”
I know…I know…we as humans operate in a finite way. God on the other hand wasn’t concerned about whether the rotation of the Earth was constant. However, God was precise on the rotation of the moon because as it orbits planet Earth, the same side of the moon is ALWAYS facing us.
My take-away is a deep appreciation for scientists who figured out that we need to occasionally add a second to the Atomic Clock so that time makes sense and the clock will read 12 noon when the sun is high in the sky rather than setting. But my deeper take-away is my desire is to appreciate the Almighty God who set all of this in motion. It is a wonder to behold!
From rising to setting sun, may the name of the LORD be praised. Psalm 113:3