Re: Weltzeit

From: Markus Kuhn <>
Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 20:58:30 +0100

Steve Allen wrote on 2003-05-10 09:09 UTC:
> In 1928 IAU Commission 4 (Ephemerides) adopted the following text:
> The terms Greenwich Civil Time (G.C.T.), Weltzeit (W.Z.) and
> Universal Time (U.T.) denote time measured from Greenwich Mean
> Midnight, and are not ambiguous.
> I believe that this is the original definition of UT. I am unaware of
> any significant usage of WZ

Footnote for the curious: "Weltzeit" (German for "world time") is still
the commonly used German translation for the English terms Universal
Time and GMT. However, I have never seen the abbreviation "WZ" or "W.Z."
used in contemporary German and doubt wheather even highly timezone
literate Germans would recognize it. The commonly used abbreviation for
"Weltzeit" in Germany is UTC, which is also referred to as "Koordinierte
Weltzeit" (coordinated world time).


Markus Kuhn, Computer Lab, Univ of Cambridge, GB | __oo_O..O_oo__
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