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UTC time: What is it

UTC time: What is Charlie Paris

What is UTC time, atomic time, and universal time?

UTC time is the world reference time. It is determined among others thanks to some 500 atomic clocks placed in 70 laboratories around the world. The hour UTC replaced the time given by the greenwich meridian in 1982, but the UTC time + 0 is always the time in the Greenwich time zone. The time within each time zone is therefore defined relative to theUTC time. UTC time is actually a clever mix of International Atomic Time (TAI) and Universal Time (UTC).

But what is the relationship between TAI and UTC time?

International atomic time is a time scale relative to the duration of one second. It was determined in 1967 by the 13th General Conference on Weights and Measuresthat one second would be "equivalent to the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium 133 atom".

To make it easier: A Cesium 133 atom receives a frequency of 9 192 631 770 Hz which allows it to change its energetic state. The time between the F3 and F4 energy state of the cesium-133 atom is exactly one second.

The advantage of the atomic clock is that it is a exceptional precision: it shifts by less than a second every 30 million years. Researchers have even developed a strontium atomic clock with an accuracy of less than one second every 15 billion years!

TheTAIis calculated by theBInternational ureau for Weights and Measures. It corresponds to the average of 500 atomic clocks present across the globe. TAI is however not used as is because it does not take into account the time of rotation of the earth in a day. Thus the TAI is not UTC time even though it plays a major role in determining UTC time.

But what is the role of UTC in defining UTC?

Universal time or UTC is an improved version of mean greenwich time. The TU is also a measure of time except that it is not an atomic measurement but a measurement relating to the rotation of the earth on itself (which takes place in 24 hours). The problem is that the earth's rotation is not very regular it may slow down under the effects of tides, earthquakes or other internal disturbance to the Earth (although this delay is minimal).

And the UTC time in the middle of that?

UTC time is a mix of these two hours so that the sun is at the Greenwich meridian within 0.9 s at 12:00 UTC. The second of UTC time is the same as that given by TAI. Only to find theUTC time whole seconds are subtracted or added to the TAI so that the difference between the TAI and the TU is less than 0.9 s.

As you can imagine, all Made in France watches of Charlie Paris, let this be our men's watches, our ladies watches, Our men's automatic watches or our automatic watches woman, are set to universal time.

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