In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, Peter Bunclark writes: >> Without the Moon, the Earth could nod through large angles, lying on >> its side or perhaps even rotating retrograde every few million >> years. Try making sense of timekeeping under such circumstances.
You mean like taking a sequence of atomic seconds, counting them in a predicatable way and be happy that timekeeping has nothing to do with geophysics ? Yeah, I could live with that. >Hang on a minute, statistically planets in the Solar System do not have a >large moon and yet are "upright"; for example Mars comes very close to the >conditions required to generate a leapseconds email exploder. As far as I know the atmosphere is far to cold for that :-) -- Poul-Henning Kamp | UNIX since Zilog Zeus 3.20 [EMAIL PROTECTED] | TCP/IP since RFC 956 FreeBSD committer | BSD since 4.3-tahoe Never attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by incompetence.