Prior to 100 years ago, every city in the world would set their clocks to local time, with noon being the standard time used for when the sun was seen at its highest point in the sky for each particular city. Needless to say, based on the distances from one city to the next, “local times” were quite varied and aplenty. However, this method worked for many years and all was well in the world (timely speaking).
The railway systems of the 1700's and its evolution throughout the 18th and 19th centuries streamlined the way supplies, and later, people moved from one place to another. However, railway schedules were very difficult to manage due to the over abundance of local times across the land. Sir Sanford Fleming, a Canadian railway engineer and planner, developed the idea of dividing the world into 24 time zones (one time zone for each of the 24 hours in a day), as a way to help the railroad industry to standardize their schedules.
Having a time zone system meant that each city would set their time markedly close to their local time, with 7:00 am being in the morning, noon being the middle of the day, and 7:00 pm being in the evening. Further, this method would separate neighboring time zones by one hour (either behind for cities west or ahead for cities east), making it easy to convert times (ex: one time zone to the west of your city is one hour behind your local time, two times zones to the east of your city is two hours ahead of your local time, etc.).
In 1884, an international conference in Washington, D.C. approved Sanford Fleming’s idea and the U.S. railroad companies adopted the technique of time zones, soon followed by international railroad companies. The invention of 24 time zones has stood the test of “time” as this system is still in place today.
Technology created the need to make time more synchronized and manageable. In space, planets rotate around the sun at different times. On Earth we use Solar Time. So, does space travel require a different set of time zones? NASA has chosen to use time that doesn’t vary with location. This is called Universal Time (UT) and is a modern form of Greenwich Mean Time. It is the same everywhere in the Universe. So, the UT time on the Moon is the same as the UT time on Earth.
So, on earth it can be a little difficult to know what time it is based on your location, but, in space you never have to set your watch, it is the same time no matter where you are. It is Universal Time!
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