Re: [LEAPSECS] The opportunity of leap seconds

From: Poul-Henning Kamp <>
Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2006 12:41:21 +0100

In message <Pine.GSO.4.58.0601081110250.20471_at_cass18>, Peter Bunclark writes:
>On Sat, 7 Jan 2006, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:

>Research-quality telescopes, in particular all the ones built in the last
>few decades on alt-azimuth mounts, do of course use UT1; a 0.9s error
>would be a complex ~10 arcsec error in both axes and give a quite useless
>pointing performance. However, UTC is often used as a UT1 delivery

It sounds to me like BIPM ought to make an Internet service available
which will deliver UT1 to astronomers in a timely fashion ?

Something as simple as


Or even just a more stringent formatting of the bulletins on the ftp
site could do it as well.

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