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What's the time in Antarctica? November 14 2007


On the MSNBC AllDay blog, Mike Simon an NBC News photojournalist asks the question 'what is the time in Antarctica?' - working out the answer is not as straight-forward as you would imagine. Firstly, you have to bear in mind that Antarctica at certain parts of the year is in 24 hour daylight.

Secondly, Antarctica operates on New Zealand time. Working out how much time he had for a live shot on the Today Show when they were down in Antarctica, and the Today Show studios are in New York requires some logistical and mathematical dexterity. This is especially so when New Zealand is 17 hours ahead of New York.

All this is very interesting to us here at the Shackleton Foundation, as when we go down to Antarctica, the UK is 5 hours ahead of New York which is 17 hours behind New Zealand. This is something that we will have to bear in mind when phoning friends and family to update them on our progress.

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