I was thinking about time zones this morning (doesn’t everyone?) in particular brought on by the fact that most of my American friends changed their clocks to “daylight saving time” over the weekend, and in the UK we don’t for another 2 weeks.
I have a good way to visualize time zone differences, which I developed when I was taking part in Internet meetings which were timed in the US. I actually “see” the face of an analog clock, and where the little hand is.
For example, for US Central time, which is 6 hours behind of us, their time is the other side of the clock than my time – so if it’s 9 in one place, it’s 3 in the other. Of course the real trick is to work out if that’s AM or PM, otherwise I risk calling someone at 3 in the morning! But for a couple of weeks that isn’t going to work – or rather, it all moves across one zone – what used to work for Central, now works for Mountain time.
And THEN I got to thinking about the north and south poles.
There are 24 different time zones around the world, so most parts of the world we get to travel hundreds of miles to move between them. But not so if you walked around the south pole.
There, you’d only need to walk a couple of paces, and you’d be in another zone. Since that would be impractical, how do they choose which zone they are in?Are they in a time zone at all?
On the other hand, no one actually lives at the pole, although there are some visiting scientists. So do visitors just stay in their “home” time zone, regardless of what the local time “should” be?
Inquiring minds need to know!