Did Columbus find longitude?
Columbus twice claimed to have found his longitude by timing lunar eclipses. These claims are probably inaccurate.
What time is it now across the World?
By using your computer's clock, this calculates the time in other time zones all over the world! Useful if you communicate across different time zones for business or leisure.
Panchang - Indian Astrology
Master your time - master your life
Panchang is a system based on Indian astrology, a spiritual and scientific calendar, with very practical aims.
Time Management Part II
Plans exist to be reviewed. The joy of discarding them
Adding new decisions, taking outdated ones off the list
It cannot be stored or saved for later. Time can only be managed
We all know the theory of how to use time better, how do we put it in practice?
What is the definition of a second?
As the definition of time evolved, so did the second's
Earth Time and Atomic Time have to be 'reconciled'
All in One: World and Local Clocks
Digital timepieces for real and virtual travel
The World is local, so is the time
NIST scientists have built a second "quantum logic clock," using quantum information processing techniques on a single ion of aluminium to make a clock that would not gain or lose more than one second in about 3.7 billion years.
The International Meridian Conference, Washington, 1884
The Prime Meridian at Greenwich becomes the point of reference
Why is Greenwich the "centre of time and space"?
In tune, on time and in time
Tempo, beats and time signatures in music
What does music teach us about the perception of time?
Network Time Protocol
NTP is a protocol designed to synchronize the clocks of computers over a network. NTP version 3 is an internet draft standard, formalized in RFC 1305. NTP version 4 is a significant revision of the NTP standard, and is the current development version, but has not been formalized in an RFC. Simple NTP (SNTP) version 4 is described in RFC 2030.
What is the International Atomic Time Scale?
The History of Time Zones
Standard Time and Longitudes
24 time zones and many more subdivisions
UTC - Universal Time Coordinated
What is Coordinated Universal Time?
Coordinated Universal Time ( UTC ) replaced Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) as the World standard for time. UTC is based on atomic measurements rather than the earth's rotation. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is still the standard time zone for the Prime Meridian (Zero Longitude).
Astrology: Natal Chart
The planets at the moment of your birth
Astrologers believe that the planets at the moment of your birth have key influences on your personality. In order to calculate your Natal (or birth) Chart you will need to know the Time and Place of your birth. Most people know their Sun sign (the position in the zodiac that the Sun was in on your birth-date. The position of all the planets is described in your Natal Chart. You will also need an Ephemeris to help calculate this.
What is Oxford Time?
Before the coming of the railways (railroad) every town had its local time. With the introduction of Railway Time , time zones and Standard Time became the norm.
GMT - Greenwich Mean Time
Global Time Zones - What time is it anywhere in the World?
A cross-check table with GMT offsets
WHAT IS TIME?
From Intuition to Classical Physics
Measurement of Time Provides Possible Answers
Measuring Time by Days and Months
Moon Cycles, Solar Years and Seasonal Rhythms
Why is the Navy so involved in time-keeping?
The earliest users of accurate time were the navy
Precision is not optional at sea
The systems that sort out the year
The last millennium would have been celebrated in Greenwich, England on 25 March 1001 AD but it wasn't a thousand years ago because we "lost" 11 days along the way!
What is the SI unit of time?
Official definition of a second
What is "Zulu" time?
"Zulu" time , more commonly know as "GMT" ( Greenwich Mean Time ) is time at the Zero Meridian. Our natural concept of time is linked to the rotation of the earth and we define the length of the day as the 24 hours it takes (on average) the earth to spin once on its axis.
Military & Civilian Time Designations
From Time Zone A - Z
There are 25 integer World Time Zones from -12 through 0 (GMT) to +12. Each one is 15° of Longitude as measured East and West from the Prime Meridian of the World at Greenwich, England. Some countries have adopted non-standard time zones, usually 30 minutes offset which have a * designation.
Solstice and Stonehenge
The magic of midsummer in a magical place
The longest day of the year is called the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere
From Plot Device to Philosophy : Shakespeare and Time
Measuring Time in the 16th Century
"The Seven Ages of Man' Give Meaning to Each Stage of Life
What is Bristol Time?
Before the railways (railroads) came, there was no particular reason why people in Bristol, England should keep the same time as people in London. At that time there was no practical way of communicating information about time over a distance. When the telegraph made such communication possible, it became necessary for people living in one area to agree that they would not keep their own local time, but would all keep a time based on the local standard meridian. Bristol is at 2º 35' W(est) of Greenwich, so when it is noon in Bristol is just past 10 past noon (twelve) in London.
GMT Server Time Stamp:
The upper time stamp is taken from our server which is synchronized to the NTP network and should be accurate within 1 second. The lower timestamp is the time on your computer , converted to GMT. Therefore, if your computer's time is correct, there should not be more than a 2 second difference between the upper and lower time stamps. The extra second is to allow for network delay and the conversion process from your computer's time to GMT.
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) - World Time
How to view local current time differences
GMT is both a timezone and the reference point for the Prime Meridian
British Summer Time
British Summer Time (BST) is the UK name for Daylight Saving Time
In 2017 BST runs from Sunday 26 March 01:00 GMT - Sunday 29 October 01:00 GMT (02:00 BST)
Greenwich Time Signal
For 75 years the major global news headlines of the day have been preceded by the six Greenwich Time 'pips'. When the news of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon , President John F Kennedy's assassination and the destruction of the Berlin Wall were broadcast across the world on the BBC, they followed the familiar sound of the Greenwich pips.
What time does the time-ball drop at Greenwich?
In 1833 a red "Time Ball" was installed on the roof of the Royal Observatory Greenwich
World Time Zone Map
Map of Global Time Zones
A Brief History of British Summer Time (Daylight Saving Time)
Sun at its highest in the sky is noon at Greenwich
Note: The UK clock changes abide by EU rules
Why do clocks use IIII instead of IV for 4?
Summer Time and Time Zones
Daylight Saving Time (DST) extends beyond the astronomical summer
Civilian designations relative to GMT
A.M. and P.M.
What is Noon and Midnight?
A.M. and P.M. start immediately after Midnight and Noon (Midday) respectively.
History of Sundials
British Summer Time (BST) Dates Since 1950
When did summer time start and end ?
How GMT is being used today?
Uses of GMT go from email time stamp to air travel
Agreeing on a universal Prime Meridian was not an easy affair.
Time and Cricket
A complex relationship
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
The International Meridian Conference
Washington DC, USA - October 1884
From pages 199 to 204:
"Fat" or Shrove Tuesday
First, determine the date for Easter of any given year (which is the first Sunday after the first full moon that follows the Spring Equinox) and then count back 47 days (40 days of Lent plus Holy Week) to find Mardi Gras Day.
The International Meridian Conference
Washington DC, USA - October 1884
Extract from one of the middle sessions of the Conference:
What is the time in ISO format?
The International Organization for Standardization ( ISO ) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 130 countries, one from each country.
Time is money?
The adjustment between Atomic & Earth Time
The Coordinated Universal Time (or UTC) replaced Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) as the reference time scale derived from The Temps Atomique International (TAI) calculated by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) in Paris, France using a worldwide network of atomic clocks. UTC differs from TAI by an integer number of seconds; it is the basis of all activities in the world.
A Chinese New Year
New Zealand at Autumn Equinox Time
The Winter Solstice
Royal Observatory Greenwich
The Royal Observatory Greenwich has a wide-ranging treasure trove of information on time & Astronomy.
It's official: we're ruled by time
Time is the most popular common noun in English
We like to be punctual, we expect our trains to run to schedule, and many of us spend our working day watching the clock. Now the new revised eleventh edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary can officially confirm that we are indeed ruled by time .
Name of Months
Month names ~ every major European language
A linguist's calendar
Days of the Week
Official European Union Languages
A multi-lingual Monday to Sunday
UK Clock Changes and the Anatomy of a Second
GMT, BST, UTC - plus EU legislation
Summer Period - The Full Story
When did the millennium begin?
This millennium (and century) officially began on: 1 January 2001 GMT
The simple explanation is that our Calendar System began at 1AD. There was no year 0. The calendar we use today goes from 1BC to 1AD.