Any Californians in the house? Date conversion question...

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Any Californians in the house? Date conversion question...

Post #1by rthorvald » 24.03.2006, 21:48

I have a little conversion headache: i must convert a datetime from PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) to UTC for getting a usable reference for Celestia. The conversion is not a problem of course, but the question is: should i add 7 or 8 hours?

Using a web-based converter, i am asked for a PDT location, and must choose from Vancoulver (8 hours) and Tijuana (7 hours). There is no indication what might be correct in this case. Any suggestions? What to do?

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Re: Any Californians in the house? Date conversion question.

Post #2by t00fri » 24.03.2006, 22:04

rthorvald wrote:I have a little conversion headache: i must convert a datetime from PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) to UTC for getting a usable reference for Celestia. The conversion is not a problem of course, but the question is: should i add 7 or 8 hours?

Using a web-based converter, i am asked for a PDT location, and must choose from Vancoulver (8 hours) and Tijuana (7 hours). There is no indication what might be correct in this case. Any suggestions? What to do?

-rthorvald


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give me the exact place then XEphem will very probably know it and do the conversion right.

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Post #3by rthorvald » 24.03.2006, 22:50

t00fri wrote:give me the exact place then XEphem will very probably know it and do the conversion right.


Mountain View (midway between San Fransisco and San Jose).

Thanks!

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Post #4by Don. Edwards » 24.03.2006, 23:41

Off topic, but I went to a private high school in Mountain View, cool that you are doing something with that as a point of interest.

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Post #5by d.m.falk » 24.03.2006, 23:46

Since California is entirely in the Pacific Time zone (UTC -8 ), DST would make it UTC-7.

I should know, since I'm in Eureka, CA, just about as far removed from S.F. or L.A. and STILL be in California....

Remember, since we're in west longitude, it's negative UTC/GMT hours, so if you move an hour ahead, it's -n+1, ie: -8 for PST, -7 for PDT.

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Post #6by rthorvald » 26.03.2006, 20:43

Don. Edwards wrote:Off topic, but I went to a private high school in Mountain View, cool that you are doing something with that as a point of interest
Well, there??s only some data that originated there, not much will happen on this spot in Celestia...

d.m.falk wrote:Since California is entirely in the Pacific Time zone (UTC -8 ), DST would make it UTC-7

Thanks; i??ll work with this for now.

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Post #7by Don. Edwards » 27.03.2006, 03:40

Would it happen to be Ames Research Center in Mountain View?
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Post #8by Malenfant » 27.03.2006, 05:49

Just to confuse things, the clocks went forward in the UK (and Europe?) today, but they didn't in North America. So now California is 9 hours behind UK time... at least til next week when North America 'springs forward'.
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Post #9by d.m.falk » 27.03.2006, 05:58

Not really, since UTC and GMT, even though they mark the same time zone, are considered separate, since UTC does not change for summertime, unlike GMT becoming BST, which you now are in.

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Post #10by rthorvald » 27.03.2006, 09:44

Don. Edwards wrote:Would it happen to be Ames Research Center in Mountain View?

No, it??s the Google Labs.
Here??s what it is about (this is a series of Celestia screenshots, at the rate of one per hour):

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... The bumpmap and color overlay is the Earth??s population density.

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