Universal Time

David K. Israel

The lunar cycle begins all over again today, with a new moon appearing on the horizon at 19:44 UT, or "Universal Time." So what is Universal Time, besides being the time to pitch that big movie you just thought up to Universal Pictures? ("That's right baby, it's Universal time!")

Well, Universal Time serves as the basis for the worldwide system of civil time. While a lot of frat boys would argue that Miller Time is the most accurate way of telling time, Universal Time is kept by time specialists around the world, including the U.S. Naval Observatory, and is based off a series of precise atomic clocks, which are supposed to be accurate to a nanosecond. It's debatable whether the same could be said for Miller Time.
Our "Standard Time" here in the U.S., is an integral number of hours offset from Universal Time. For some countries, of course, such as Iceland, Morocco, and Senegal or the United Kingdom during winter months, Universal Time is the same as civil time.

For a table to convert our Standard Time to Universal Time, go here.

For a live, up to the nanosecond, UT time clock, check this out.

And, okay, fine, why not: for a closer look at Miller Time, go here.