Division I Working Group on "Definition of Coordinated Universal Time"

Dennis Dennis, D. McCarthy, F. Arias, W. Dick, D. Gambis, M. Hosokawa, W. Klepczynski, S. Leschiutta, J. Laverty, Z. Malkin, D. Matsakis, R. Nelson (+4 others)
2005 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union  
The definition of UTC was implemented in 1972, principally to accommodate celestial navigation and follows recommendation 460 of the International Radio Consultative Committee (CCIR) in 1970. Since 1972 the use of electronic means to navigate has overtaken celestial navigation. This fact along with increasing public dissatisfaction with the possible disruption to modern electronic communications and navigation systems caused by the insertion of a leap second has called into question the current
more » ... uestion the current definition of UTC. An extensive review of the background and issues relating to the leap second can be found in Nelson, et al (2001).
doi:10.1017/s1743921306004352 fatcat:ms2m44ybxvdxvo2u4cuhj5i36a