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Metric Time




METRIC TIME

OPERATING SINCE 12:15 UTC APRIL 9, 1964

"To call any time system Metric the model must be free of
conversions and not anchored to the dinosaur
that is the terrestrial day."

                        - - Common Sense put into words by Gary Davidson

Welcome to the home of a true
TIME SYSTEM for the FUTURE !

METRIC TIME FAQs
WHAT IS METRIC TIME?  ·  WHAT IS "ZERO SECOND"?  ·  CONVERTING METRIC TIME
SPACE-TIME CALCULATIONS  ·  BASE UNIT  ·  FICTION v FACT  ·  METRIC TIME UNITS



What is METRIC TIME?

METRIC TIME is a time system based entirely on the accumulation of SECONDS.   With a fixed point to start (ZERO SECOND) and progressing upward from there Metric Time is independent of time zones or even planets.   No matter where you are in the Universe it is the same time for everyone.

METRIC TIME IS THE ULTIMATE INDEPENDENT
AND SYNCHRONIZED TIME SYSTEM.



WHAT IS "ZERO SECOND"?

ZERO SECOND is a fixed point in history that preceeds the first second. Metric Time is simply the acculumation of seconds from this point.

ZERO SECOND has been set as 12:15pm Greenwich Daylight Savings time APRIL 9, 1964.




CONVERTING METRIC TIME TO STANDARD TIME

First off: Don't bother. Metric Time is the accumulation of SECONDS which is the only common denominator between it and regular time. Once you convert Standard Earth time to seconds you have Metric Time.

If you must attempt this completely futile act then the following comparatives apply:
· One standard hour has 3600 seconds in it ( .03600 Metric Hours )
· One standard 24 hour day has 86400 seconds in it
    ( .86400 Metric Hours )
· A Metric day ( 100,000 seconds or 1.0 Metric Days ) equals
    27 hours 46 minutes 46 seconds.




USING METRIC TIME FOR SPACE TIME CALCULATIONS

This is a snap. Even in standard time LIGHT YEARS and LIGHT SECONDS are the only two freely convertable distance and time measurements. But as METRIC TIME is based on the accumulation of SECONDS calculating references of space and time at or near light speed is very simple with METRIC TIME.

FOR EXAMPLE :
· Light moves through space at 300,000 kilometers per second.
· There are 100,000 seconds in a Metric Day.
· 300,000 km x 100,000 s= 30,000,000,000 km ( 30 Billion kilometers )
    per Metric Day at the speed of light.




METRIC TIME BASE UNIT

The BASE UNIT is the Metric Day ( MD ), equal to 100,000 seconds. As is standard with Metric abbreviations UNITS of measurment larger than the BASE UNIT are in CAPITAL letters while units smaller than the BASE UNIT are in small letters.




FICTION MEETS FACT

FICTION:

METRIC TIME was created by a committee of scientists trying to devise a better, simpler way of calculating the length of time it takes at multiples of light speed to reach distances light years away.

METRIC TIME was officially recognized by a Galactic union called the UNITED ALLIANCE in their charter following a devastating 25 year long space war with a race of invading aliens.

FACT:

The actual origin of METRIC TIME goes back to 1976 when Space Oddity creator Gary Davidson was trying to figure out how Star Trek's STARDATE system works.

In the Original series Gary noticed that the numbers following the decimal point were less than a day while those before the decimal were greater than a day.

As Gary was growing up in Canada at the same time that country was adopting the Metric System for units of measure (distance, weights [mass] and volume) the idea of applying the same theory to time was natural.

Many years later while developing Space Oddity he came to the conclusion that many different alien worlds forming a Galactic union might have a problem with adopting a time system specific to only one planet (Earth or anywhere else really), particularly when that system is rather ad hoc and difficult to calculate with.

While looking for a better system he came across his earlier notes on Stardates.

By the third Star Trek Movie it was obvious that any attempt to adapt his "metric" time to Star Trek was unworkable so Gary began to use it for his own series Space Oddity.

While trying to incorporate it into the continuity of the series he still found difficulty with the idea that other worlds would readily adopt a system with a single world's base.

In reworking METRIC TIME Gary came to the following conclusion... the only two measures of time which are freely convertable to distance are the LIGHT YEAR and the LIGHT SECOND.

But time is not as fixed as many would believe and YEARS not only vary from planet to planet even in our Star system but even on Earth you have both Sidereal years and Tropical years.

For this and many other reasons basing METRIC TIME on YEARS was abandoned but the LIGHT SECOND proved very promising.

Further research indicated that an International Standard was established for the SECOND on January 1, 1972. The SECOND was set as:

9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between 2 hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium 133 atom

(NOW that sounds like a committee created time system!) It was around this time that Gary realized METRIC TIME should be TRULY PROGRESSIONARY as well.

Setting ZERO SECOND at a fixed moment in history Gary had METRIC TIME simply calculate the number of seconds which had elasped since that moment and then moved the decimal point over until it divided those seconds which were less than day from those which were more than a day.

The result is a time system fully dependant on SECONDS but completely independent of Earth and Time Zones.

Gary wanted METRIC TIME to mean something to the audience, to actually be useful NOW.

He also knew that for it to work in the series SPACE ODDITY ZERO SECOND would have to mean something to the various member worlds of the newly formed UNITED ALLIANCE.

So he picked an event from SPACE ODDITY's TIMELINE for ZERO SECOND that had already "fictionally" occured and would be relevant as a historic milestone date.

In the TV series SPACE ODDITY ZERO SECOND was assigned to the moment that the invading aliens (MEGANITES) inflicted planetary genocide on an ancient established race, the MUSSANI, a people which had been resisting MEG expansion into this area of space.

The MUSSANI had previously formed a multi-world Alliance with many of their neighbouring planets and those worlds voted to commemorate the death of the MUSSANI by anchoring ZERO SECOND at the moment their world was vaporized.

The moment selected as ZERO SECOND coincides with 12:15pm daylight savings time London England, April 9, 1964

Which was also 7:15am in Toronto (and New York) or 4:15am Vancouver (and Los Angeles) April 9, 1964.

ZERO SECOND is expressed in METRIC TIME as 00000.00000.