UTC vs GMT

I wouldn't have thought that UTC often crops up in discussions in the House of Lords, but it seems that it did back in June 1997. They were discussing a Bill that would change all references of GMT to UTC, in the Interpretation Act 1978. Lord Tanlaw must get some respect for mentioning (~column 968) the rotation velocity of the Earth's surface (corrected for latitude even!), the rotation of the Earth around the Sun and the solar system around the centre of the Milky Way. He did stop short of mentioning our velocity relative to the microwave background though!

I did like the quote: "This could mean, by the turn of the century that all legal documents, (including birth or death certificates) will have as a matter of course UTC time with tenths of a second accuracy printed on them". The doctors had better get their atomic clock synchronised stop watches ready then!

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Sunday 08th Aug 2004 (01:35 UTC) | Permalink
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