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New iPhone App!

The Day and Night World Map app is now available for iPhone. It features a scrollable world map that shows which parts of the world are in daylight and which are at night.

The optional upgrade has an animated map where you can watch the daylight and night move across the planet. Fast forward or rewind time at different speeds. You can also select a specific date and time or preset season. Download it now in iTunes.

New Designs for Facebook Countdown

New designs are now available for the timeanddate Countdown application on Facebook. Create a live countdown for any event such as the New Year, birthdays, weddings, parties, and sports events.

Choose your own colors for the countdown and post it to your wall, a friend’s wall, a group wall, or an event wall. Easily re-post countdowns from the “Previous Countdowns” tab or choose from one of the preset designed countdowns for your special event. Create and share your countdown with all of your Facebook friends.

Countdown Timer Pro iPhone App

The Countdown Timer Pro iPhone application has been updated for the 2012 New Year and given a new icon. It is formerly known as the Exact Countdown 2011.

Download the latest version of the Countdown Timer Pro.

Monthly Poll

February Poll

Question: How do you know when DST starts or ends in your country/area?

I always know when DST starts or ends.
I find out on timeanddate.com.
Someone tells me when DST starts or ends.
I never know when DST starts or ends.
My country/area does not observe DST.
What is DST?
Vote online if you are having troubles with the vote function.

January 2011 Poll Results

Poll results for last month's poll question:
“Did you make a New Years Resolution?".

All the Time in the World

by Allan Eastman

Time, the Universe and the Whole Darn Thing!
Part One: The Future of the Earth

Allan Eastman Allan Eastman left behind his successful career as a Film and Television Director and Executive Producer to travel the world. He has visited over 100 countries on all six continents. He spends most of his time reading, writing and thinking about things. He is an amateur historian, a music archivist, a reasonable chef and a seeker after happiness .

Keep Watching the Skies!

Most of us human beings live our lives without being very aware of what’s going on out there in the Universe around us. One of the very negative effects of worldwide electrification – amid all its genuine positives - is that it has deprived most of us of a view of the night sky with the incredible light show that goes on every time the Sun goes down. No longer do we sit on a hillside and try to discern patterns in the random scattering of stars. No longer do we stare into the immense beauty of the Cosmos and ponder what could be out there or what our role in it should be.

Sciences, of course, have taught us more about Space in the last 100 years or so than all the rest of our history ever thought possible. The Universe is exceedingly more vast and infinitely more strange than we ever imagined it to be. And you knew what? Humans should pay more attention to it than they do – not only do we literally come from celestial star dust but our future and our fate is irrevocably tied up with the evolution of those bodies out in Space beyond us.

I suppose it is in the nature of humans to look inward in an effort to understand themselves and to pay the greatest attention to local concerns and problems. But you know, there have been numerous mass extinctions on our planet during its long time of being and most of them have been caused by phenomena emanating from out there in Space arriving here on Earth – the dinosaur killer asteroid strike, various Gamma Ray Burst sterilizations and even the effects of the oscillation of our planet in its various eccentric orbits moving around the Galactic core.

But OK, this is not meant to get fixated on the possibilities of destruction from beyond but rather to do a quick survey through the history and the future of our Solar System, our Galaxy and our Universe; and to see what effect it has had on us and will have upon our home planet and on our species as we move forward in Time.

In a previous edition of All The Time in the World - Making it in the Big Time - we went through how humans came to discover the timeline of the Universe as it related to their own existence up until the present. In this chapter, we’ll look deeper and farther into Space to try to trace the timeline of the Universe itself and to speculate on how it is going to affect us. We’ll try to keep it on a Universal scale, so to speak, and I’d like to focus on several of the very bizarre and amazing things going on out there. For the fun of it.

Like that previous installment, there has to be some VERY BIG numbers here to give some scale to the enterprise. But we won’t use scientific notation like 1045 (very hard to picture what that might mean, huh?). Instead, we’ll use descriptive numbers - Million, Billion, Trillion – with a Billion being 1,000 Million and a Trillion a 1,000 Billion. A Trillion would be 1,000,000,000,000 but who needs that when you’re sitting there reading a newsletter on your computer?

Read more of Allan Eastman’s article Time, the Universe and the Whole Darn Thing! Part One: The Future of the Earth, in our guest feature section All the Time in the World.

Message from the Team

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FAQ/Tip of the Month

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The Fixed Time Calculator can help tell your users when this event will happen in their local time zone.

Simply select the time and place of your event and choose to show the results in the World Clock or in the Personal World Clock.

The World Clock results will display the local time for all of the cities listed in our main World Clock page.

The Personal World Clock results will show the local time of the event if the user has set up their Personal World Clock with our website.

Did You Know...

…Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is commonly referred to as Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

GMT was first adopted as the world’s time standard at the Washington Meridian Conference in 1884.

GMT is no longer the basis for civil time but is now loosely interchanged with UTC to refer to time kept on the Greenwich meridian (longitude zero).

Places such as the United Kingdom observe GMT during the non-daylight saving period. UTC is the basis for civil time in many places worldwide.

Learn more about GMT, UTC and other time systems.

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Time Zone News

Proposed DST Bill Gets Delayed in Israel
A proposed bill that would lengthen daylight saving time in Israel was yet again postponed as requested by the government.

Lawmakers Propose Opposite DST Bills in Colorado
Two opposite bills have been proposed by state lawmakers to either ditch or stretch daylight saving time in Colorado.

Countries Consider Canceling Daylight Saving
Countries such as Belarus and Ukraine are considering the possibility of canceling daylight saving time.

Russia Abolishes Winter Time
Russia will permanently stay on daylight saving time from now on.

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