World time

This post was inspired by Modern Times: A New Clock.

The current time where you are is . There are lots of timezones (a lot more than 24) and it gets a bit confusing.

Step 1: Reduce the number of timezones

I came up with the idea of 3 timezones to match (more or less) the oceans. After a bit of fiddling I worked out from the NOAA Sunrise/Sunset Calculator I came up the the standard start time of dawn Jan 1st 2000 on the equator at 45° (in the Indian ocean) being 0300 hours UTC.

I then found the timezone which would place dawn at 0000, which is UTC+3 and set that to be Indian Standard Dawn. Pacific and Atlantic are 120°, or 8 hours forwards and back from that.

Indian Standard DawnUTC + 3
Pacific Standard DawnUTC - 5
Atlantic Standard DawnUTC + 11

Step 2: Use all the timezones together

Finally, a neat consequence of all this is that one could choose to use all the timezones together by replacing AM and PM a reference to the timezone being used, and choose the timezone that currently has hours between 0 and 7.

We thus get this:

We thus have a universal time for the whole world, without having a start point in one country or having people cope with times to far out of their current experience.

The actual date is left for another day ...