Re: [LEAPSECS] Precise time over time

From: John.Cowan <>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 00:14:55 -0400

Rob Seaman scripsit:

> The Sun matters. Wishing it were not so doesn't change the fact.
> Simply assuming that no safety critical system anywhere on the planet
> could possibly, even in our wildest Spielbergian imaginations, ever
> depend on the long established notion of Mean Solar Time that
> permeates our civilization - simply assuming this does not remove the
> economic, legal and moral imperatives to investigate these
> possibilities before unilaterally changing a 120 year-old
> international standard.

Where on earth do these systems get mean solar time? That requires
solar observations plus the current equation of time.

We call nothing profound              
that is not wittily expressed.                  John Cowan
        --Northrop Frye (improved)    
Received on Wed Aug 10 2005 - 21:15:09 PDT

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