leap second

leap second: An occasional adjustment of one second, added to, or subtracted from, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to bring it into approximate synchronism with UT-1, which is the time scale based on the rotation of the Earth. (188) Note 1: Adjustments, when required, are made at the end of June 30, or preferably, December 31, Universal Time, so that UTC never deviates from UT-1 by more than 0.9 second. Note 2: The last minute of the day on which an adjustment is made has 61 or 59 seconds.

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