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Dec. 31st, 2007

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Happy New Year, Line Islands!

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From:ex_sonjaaa
Date:December 31st, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
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Tonga for the win!!
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From:ringbark
Date:December 31st, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
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The TZ for the Line Islands was deliberately changed before the year 2000 so that Kiribati could claim to be the first place in the world to see the new millennium.
The first place genuinely to see the new millennium, or indeed any new day, is the Chatham Islands, east of the main islands of New Zealand, where the TZ is +12:45 during the Southern winter and +13:45 during the Southern summer. Happy New Year, Chatham Islands!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 31st, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
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I read on Wikipedia that their stated reason was so that all of Kiribati could keep the same business day. Although I'm sure the reason you mention is why the International Dateline was rerouted so far to the east, instead of making a short detour to the west, which would have been more sensible. :}

Still, I suppose it's not as bad as China insisting on having a single time zone for the whole country, and intruding on two adjacent time zones to the west. :}
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From:nefaria
Date:December 31st, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
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If you're in orbit or on the moon, when does New Year start?

Edited at 2007-12-31 04:57 pm (UTC)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 31st, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Probably the same time it does at the command center on Earth.
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From:nefaria
Date:December 31st, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
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Oooo, freaky, so on the space station it could be New Years for the Russians and New Years Eve for the Americans even if they're sitting next to each other.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 31st, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
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It would be like that episode of Red Dwarf where the crew experience freaky time ripples! Except hopefully nobody would cut themselves shaving.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:December 31st, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Somewhat like time in Antarctica then (I'd write a Wikipedia article on that if I felt like it). Apparently time is celebrated there in the same zone as the local supply station, so, for example, at Amundsen-Scott Base (at the South Pole, where all the time zones converge*) they use New Zealand time, as all flights to the pole originate from New Zealand.

(*Well, the base itself isn't right on 90 South, but is situated a few feet away, technically in a "proper" time zone (or more than likely "zones", but not all of them as it would be were it right on the pole))
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