Saturday night marks the inescapable end of the summer season. Perhaps it is a small consolation that one extra second will be provided for the New Year celebrations.
When the clock turns 03.00 on Saturday night, the time will be set one hour back and returned to 2 o’clock.
In government, economics minister Monica Mæland is responsible for the time, as she is the minister responsible for Metrology.
She says it is up to each individual how they use the extra hour.
‘I’ll probably sleep a little extra, although there are many options this Sunday. For example, think about what the government can do for you, or what you can do for the government. One might also enjoy night-time orienteering, reading a good book, or book yourself a weekend trip to wonderful Bergen. Whatever you decide, I am sure it’ll be a good choice’, said Mæland.
In addition to the extra hour this weekend, you also get one extra second at New Year.
‘The international agency that monitors the Earth’s rotation, (IERS), has decided that in 2016 there will be one second added – a so-called ‘shot second’ – to the world’s official time scale, UTC’, explained Mæland.
The second is added during the transition from 2016 to 2017. In Norway this ‘shot second’ is coming one hour into the New Year, at 00.59.60.
The ’shot second’ is needed because Earth rotates irregularly.
In recent years, one day averaged about a thousandth of a second longer than 24 hours. Therefore, since 1972, shot seconds have been added. The last time was during the night of July 1, 2015.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today