2006 Postponed by One (Leap) SecondPublication: National Geographic News Date: December 29, 2005 View Article
For those of you counting the seconds until 2006, add one.
The world’s top timekeepers will insert an extra second—or leap second—just before midnight in coordinated universal time (UTC) on New Year’s Eve. (That’s the same as 6:59:59 p.m. eastern time on December 31.) UTC is determined by atomic clocks and is five hours ahead of eastern time.