|What time is it at the North Pole? (and South Pole respectively).|
|Not as easy as it sounds. I watched a programme on the place and wondered this question. Strictly speaking I suppose it is no time because all timezones cross there and it is relative to the person. Then I thought about the alignment of the stars to tell the time.|
|i found this
sorry for the translation :
Question : What time are it with the North Poles and South where converge all the meridian lines, when it is, for example, 12 hours in Greenwich?
The answer is in the question : all the meridian lines pass to the pole, it thus does not have there a definable hour with the pole since the definition of midday is that the sun passes to the meridian line of the place where one is. There is always a meridian line for which it is midday when one is with the pole.
A simple mental experiment: one place 24 people at the equator each one on a time zone and a watch regulated on its time zone. They leave towards the pole while following each one its meridian line with a watch at its standard time. Arrived at the pole, they will be found in contact with other people who will have all of the watches at different hours whereas each person always sees passing the southern full sunull south (or full North) at midday with its watch before arriving at the pole (in true hour, i.e. if one disregards civil time of factitious summer and winter). They will have all reason!
|Based upon chronological time (watch time), it would always
be midnight at the North Pole, because the Internationl Date Line,
being a prime meridian (longitude) passes through it, as do all other
meridians, in other words to make it simple, the end of one day and the
beginning of the next.
|So, proof at last that time is only a relative idea, not a tangible reality?|
|Hmmm. Begs the question, does the same principle apply on the moon? What time is it there and who decides the timezones?
|Or the sun?
My god I'm never going to have to watch my clock again, thanks guys.
But really, we made up time to keep things organized, if you try to think the complex, it's going to get a bit hard (oh really?).
At least I'm not going to think about it, to keep me sane.
|It must be hard to reach this very small point where all the
time zones are crossing. You will ever be close to it but only a very
short moment exactly at the crossing.
So except a short moment and this small point you will be in one or more time zones.
(...or in all 24 together...)
|First we need to define what we need by the North pole. Is
that the geographical or the magnetic pole? You see, they're not the
same and the magnetic pole slightly moving all the time. So, if we
determine the north pole by compass, we should have a determined time
there. However, if we define the pole as the top (bottom) of the
"sphere" we live on, it gets more difficult.
Since we obviously have earthly time (by months at least) on the north pole (the earth is still orbiting the sun, and the moon orbiting the earth, there ) I'd say the most reasonable thing would be to just set a time. GMT 0 perhaps?
|International agreement is that every polar team can use any time it wants -
usually the times are related to the nearest inhabited country, or the country
where the team comes from.
|Geographic North Pole
The northernmost point on the earth's surface is the geographic North Pole, also known as true north. It's located at 90° North latitude and all lines of longitude converge at the pole. The earth's axis connects the north and south poles, as its the line around which the earth rotates.
The North Pole is about 450 miles (725 km) north of Greenland in the middle of the Arctic Ocean - the sea there has a depth of 13,410 feet (4087 meters). Most of the time, sea ice covers the North Pole but recently, water has been sighted at the exact location of the pole.
If you're standing at the North Pole, all points are south of you (east and west have no bearing).
Since the earth's rotation takes place once every 24 hours, if you're at the North Pole your speed of rotation is quite slow at almost no speed at all, compared to the speed at the equator at about 1,038 miles per hour.
The lines of longitude that establish our time zones are so close at the North Pole, the Arctic region uses UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) when local time is necessary at the North Pole. The North Pole experiences six months of daylight and six months of darkness.
|Essentially, North/South Poles represent the complex geografical concept of the globe. Common assumptions here are:
1. The Earth is round and thus could be perceived as a perfect sphere.
2. The Earth rotates with the constant speed around its axis.
3. The axis is a theoretical line connecting rotation extremums, or in other words, the poles
4. The sphere is devided into segments by meridians - theoretcal perfect elipsi crossing at extremums.
Additionally, the time-space concept relates to Earth movement merging two external points of space - Earth and Sun to the hypothetically correlating meridians. In a sense, we have time because of certain positional calculations, that is: if you can draw a vertical line from Sun to a defined meridian, than it's 12:00 pm at this particular location on Earth.
Now, since all the above are only the concepts introduced to explain problems pertaining with the cyclation of daylight and darkness, one could accept them as viable or refute altogether.
1. The Earth is not round and cannot be represented as a perfect sphere.
2. The rotation of Earth is not a repetitive occurance with constant differentials. Both the angle of rotation and the speed change within time.
3. No meridians could be drawn without certain error input.
4. Surprisingly enough the Earth is not rotating around the Sun, but moves along variable orbit.
5.Not only the orbit of Earth changes periodically, but also the location of Sun in space, which is caused by both internal processes on the star and external cosmic forces.
Provided the above is true, one assumption can be derived: what appeared to be 12:00am thousands of years ago at the point of creation of time concept is no longer true.
We DO need a better understanding of time.
And asking your qwestion, I'd say: No, there is no time on the poles.
|so how do I know what time to phone home?|
|lol - you are making fun for sure.
A timeless area - funny. I better travel there soon for not getting older.
seriously: What is the definition of time units?
One second is defined in oscillations of the Atom Caesium 133;
exactly 9,192,631,770 oscillations are defined to be a second.
So time is for sure completely independent of the place on earth where it happens -
only relativistic events would alter the passing of the time.
But the influence of those can be forgotten on our little earth,
it would only be relevant at ultra-high speeds close to lightspeed,
or close to ultra-heavy cosmic objects - like neutron stars or black holes.
Believe me - there is a time at the poles - and the scientists being there get older for sure !
|Otherwise why would they wear watches ?
The relationship of the lines of longitude and latitude are indeed ruled by time relating merely to the fact of rotation of the earth. They have nothing at all to do with altering time they are merely a means of measurement.
Everyone knows that since the diameter of the earth at the poles is vastly different of that at the equator that this diametric equivalent also affects the locality during rotation so that time can actually be used to pinpoint the location.
Hope standing on the poles doesn't make you as dizzy as that statement.
|Well - that will for sure make you as dizzy,
as the centrifugal force makes everyone be thrown away into space
by the rotation speed of the earth at the equator.
|so.. the earth really is hollow under the poles? http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Hollow%20Earth|
|It is well known that the earth is hollow -
at least the skulls of some of the humans who are told to be leaders are hollow ...
as we all know, time is relative and subjective.
there is an answer though, which Vokei has already pointed out. in terms of timezones, the north pole works on zulu time, which is roughly equivalent to gmt, give or take the odd leapsecond.
to confirm this, i called my uncle santa, who lives there. his answer? bedtime. exactly the same as it is here.
|It's just doesn't matter which timezone you use there.
You just stick to the one where you come from and that's fine.
But... If you were born there I would recommend GMT.
|The answer to this topic question is simple
The time is 1.
|Have you ever been asked that question for schoolkids...:
A bear walks 60 km south, then 60km west, then, 60km north, and he is very surprised to find himself at his start point... what is his colour?...
Of course, now, in that forum and after those comments, you all know that it's a white bear: starting from the noth pole.
|It's christmas time you fools!|
|Yeah! Can't you see all the snow outside!!! Darn kids playing with snowballs again!|
|There is a 3rd pole - called True North
And to those talking about the differences in time on the Sun or the Moon - what about if you are not on a planet at all ? What time is it then ?
|I'd say if you're at the North pole it's time to find someplace warm before you freeze.
|It's 4:20 - ampm|
|When someone starts a post like this I have difficulties
sleeping. Tomorrow I hope to either find the answers or forget what I