A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Brad Morris
Date: 2012 Jun 30, 13:42 -0700
Since no one appears to have answered Frank's question, I will.
Frank asked "is your Nautical Almanac now always wrong or always right"
The answer depends upon how the NA is structured. The NA is essentially a table, with the independent variable the time, and the dependent variable the celestial coordinates of the object in question.
Since the leap second corrects the time, when we enter the NA, it provides the correct coordinates for that time.
The NA remains as correct as it was
On 6/30/2012 2:13 PM, Lu Abel wrote:
Or folks can go to www.time.gov to watch the clock. I've done it for a
past leap second and the NIST clock does indeed show the sequence
(especially the 7:59:60) Frank describes.
I suspect my atomic clock that synchronizes to WWVB will not show the
sequence, but simply reset itself, but Frank has be curious. 5PM for
us West Coasters.
I do plan to video the NIST computer clock at 8 PM EDT as well as listen to the ticks (new UTC to UT1 double clicks).
As my RCC attempts to sync at midnight mountain time--2 AM EDT-- I imagine the NIST broadcast time and time displayed by my RCC will be out of sync (past the regular drift) for four hours. I will video the 2:00 reset as well to see if the RCC does a 02:59:60, 02:00:00 reset.
My real concern is whether I will be sluggish and disoriented (more than usual) the day after due to the time change ;-)