Understanding Time Zones

Normally, our applications need to work in different countries with particular guidelines, languages, currency, number codecs, etc. I imply every country might have its own regional settings so every level needs a particular treatment.

The earth spins round itself at the rate of 1 rotation per 24 hours, it implies that every area on the earth has its noon at a distinct time based mostly on the lengthyitude of its location.

In 1884, the Worldwide Meridian Conference selected a meridian to be employed as a typical zero of longitude and commonplace of time reckoning all through the world. It resulted within the recommendation of the Greenwich Meridian as the prime meridian. In addition, it has established to have 24 completely different time zones because the earth rotates 360 degrees in 24 hours, 15 degrees longitude every hour. It means each time zone is 15 degrees lengthyitude apart from each other.

The following map can assist us to clarify those criteria:

The Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is the primal meridian with zero degrees.

In East of Greenwich (Proper), every 15 degrees is a time zone +1 hour.

In West of Greenwich (Left), each 15 degrees is a time zone -1 hour.

In idea, to handle time zones would not be difficult following previous criteria and it works properly for all cases. We’d always be able to calculate the native time in anyplace only based on its location, however NOT. Time zones can change:

Nations and territories that cross these artificial lines (shown on the map) decided to draw these ones differently. e.g. China is the largest country with only 1 time zone, however it should have 5 time zones.

Some nations set clocks forward by one hour in the spring and set clocks back by one hour in autumn (DST).

Time zones are set by Governments, but governments often change their minds.

What’s GMT?

The primal meridian/main time zone.

Greenwich Mean Time or GMT is the clock time on the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.

GMT is no longer a time standard.

What’s UTC?

A Commonplace, Not a Time Zone.

Coordinated Universal Time or UTC is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks. It uses highly precise atomic clocks combined with the Earth’s rotation.

This is the successor to GMT.

What’s a Time Zone?

A time zone is a geographic area where the identical standard time is used (real place on the surface of the Earth). It signifies that it follows the identical native clock, and abides the identical set of timekeeping rules.

A time zone is NOT an offset from GMT or UTC. The offset is solely one attribute of a timezone. Additionally, more than one offset would possibly apply, at completely different instances of the year. e.g Summertime and Normal Time.

What’s DST?

DST is the practice of advancing clocks during warmer months in order that darkness falls later each day in accordance with the clock. It means to set clocks forward by one hour within the spring and set clocks back by one hour in autumn as a way to return to straightforward time. It was first applied for Germany during the first world war with a purpose to save energy.

This observe continues to be used in North America and Western Europe, but Russia and most of Asia and Africa international locations don’t use DST.

e.g. MST and MDT

Mountain Normal Time = UTC -07:00

Mountain Daylight Time = UTC -06:00

or GMT and BST

Greenwich Imply Time = UTC +00:00

British Summer time Time = UTC +01:00

There are two transitions, within the spring when DST takes impact, there may be an hour in local time that doesn’t exist, and a day that’s only 23 hours lengthy (transition starts). In the fall the opposite happens a complete hour happens twice on the identical day and that day is 25 hours lengthy (transaction ends). It can be explained higher with this schema.

Daylight saving time shows us that we cannot determine local time based only on location. We’ve to know if daylight saving time was in impact or particular cases that apply.

Time zones can change

Governments often change their minds, this is the main reason why time zones guidelines change. Time zones are set by Governments so it is anticipated surprises and oddities. It might happen for different reasons equivalent to commerce, non secular observations, political posturing, rebellion, etc.

It means that the time zone is set by law so it is able to modify DST Rules, transitions, offsets, and alignments.

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