All change with Greenwich Mean Time


Clocks go back one hour this weekend at 2am on Sunday 27th October. UK time will revert to standard Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

The reason the clocks go forward and back is because of a campaign at the beginning of the 20th century, which successfully argued in favour of changing the clocks during the summer months to avoid wasting time in the morning.

The proposal for Daylight Savings Time was put forward by William Willett in 1907, as he argued that we were wasting important daylight by rising at the same time in the summer as we did throughout the winter months. He believed we should advance our clocks by 80 minutes via four incremental sets of 20 minutes during April. This would then be reversed in the same fashion during September.

However, though Willett proposed this in 1907, Britain failed to adopt the idea until 1916, a month after Germany had taken up the idea. The idea was then particularly attractive as the First World War was taking its toll on the nation and anything that could improve productivity was encouraged.

Time Facts
The closer you are to the ground, the slower time moves. As Einstein's theories of relativity predict, the earth's gravity warps time, making the seconds pass more slowly for those closer to the ground. In effect, time passes slower for a dog, than it does for yourself. 

The strontium atomic clock is the most accurate clock ever built. It’s accurate to within a second over 15 billion years.

Despite what we’ve been taught, a day isn’t a full 24 hours. It actually takes 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4.2 seconds for the earth to rotate once.

There are 31,556,926 seconds in a year.

According to the 17th century Archbishop of Armagh, James Usher, the Earth was created on Saturday, October 22, 4004 BC. Usher came to this conclusion by adding up the family histories mentioned in the bible.

The faster you move, the slower time goes. According to the laws of physics, you will actually age more slowly if you travel extremely fast. If you were to fly at 99% of the speed of light into the star Sirius, you would have aged less than two and a half years on arrival, but the people on Earth would have aged more than 17 years.




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