Re: [LEAPSECS] name the equinox contest on now

From: <jcowan_at_REUTERSHEALTH.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 18:10:15 -0500

Seeds, Glen scripsit:

> My concern is for the general populace, not for astronomers. For the former,
> "apparent" is what matters, and in matters in lay terms, not in astronomical
> terms.

My concern is the same; but local civil time is everywhere an offset from UTC,
which is defined in terms of UT and TAI. Apparent time is only interesting
if you are trying to use the Sun (or a sundial) as a clock directly.

"You know, you haven't stopped talking          John Cowan
since I came here. You must have been 
vaccinated with a phonograph needle." 
        --Rufus T. Firefly            
Received on Fri Jan 30 2004 - 15:10:28 PST

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