Time is the father of truth. The only reason for the existence of time is to make sure everything doesn’t happen all at once.
Here are some interesting facts about time that most people don’t know.
• The length of time taken by the Earth to orbit around the sun is 365 and a quarter days. But did you know that this extra quarter is not accounted for at the end of the year? To make up for this, we have an extra day every four years — February 29. The year 2012 is a leap year. The next leap year will be 2016.
• The Earth is gradually slowing down. An extra second is added every few years to make up for the slowdown. Once, millions of years ago, one day on Earth was said to be only 20 hours long. It only makes sense that in another million years, a day on Earth could be 27 hours long. Hopefully this will happen so that at least the future generations will have more time to sleep.
• Time in space differs from that on Earth. One day on Earth is 24 hours long, but one day on Mars is 30 minutes longer than that on Earth. Time on other planets beyond Mars has yet to be defined. But it is definitely longer than that on Earth and Mars.
• There is no time zone at the North Pole, since all longitude lines converge there. A watch wouldn’t be that helpful there.
Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.– Harvey Mackay
By Naden Surya