Tonight, time will stand still for exactly one second to allow the Earth's slowing rotation to catch up with Coordinated Universal Time (UTC.) Yes, an extra second will be added to your life - just before midnight GMT, and just before 8 pm EDT.

The Earth's rotation around the sun has been slowing, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson, because the moon is "tugging on us" and slowing us down. By creating one 61 second minute, our clocks will be more in sync with the atomic clock. The time wizards have decided that clocks will read 11:59:60 to account for the elongated minute.

So people, start planning what to do with that extra second and be sure to make the best of your leap minute.

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