Time zone

Time zones give specific areas on the earth a time of day that is earlier or later than the neighboring time zones. This is because when it is daytime on one side of the earth, it is night-time on the other side. There are 24 time zones dividing the earth into different times, each with its own name, like the North American Eastern Time Zone. The North American Eastern Time Zone contains large cities in North America like New York City and Miami.

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) began in 1675. This was when the Royal Observatory, Greenwich was built to help ships find their longitude at sea. GMT was a standard reference for time keeping when each city in England kept a different local time. By about 1900, almost all time on earth was in the form of standard time zones. Now, all places on earth are divided into time zones.

Greenwich Mean Time is now called UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). UTC is the time standard of the world. All other parts of the world are offset (plus or minus) according to their longitude. Most of the zones are offset by a full hour, but there are some offset by half an hour or 45 minutes.

In some parts of the world they follow the Daylight Saving Time (DST), and during this period of time in summer they add one hour to their normal solar hour.

In the poles, the time is UTC in the North Pole and UTC+12 in the South Pole.

The time zones are numbered in relation to the UTC, so in Los Angeles the time zone will be UTC−8, in London UTC+0, in Rome UTC+1, and in New Delhi UTC+5,30.

Standard World Time Zones map (as of August 2015)


Other Languages
Адыгэбзэ: Сыхьэт зонэ
Afrikaans: Tydsone
Alemannisch: Zeitzone
አማርኛ: ሰዓት ክልል
العربية: منطقة زمنية
aragonés: Zona horaria
অসমীয়া: সময় অঞ্চল
asturianu: Fusu horariu
Avañe'ẽ: Yvy arapehẽ
azərbaycanca: Saat qurşağı
Bân-lâm-gú: Sî-khu
Basa Banyumasan: Zona waktu
башҡортса: Сәғәт бүлкәте
беларуская: Часавы пояс
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Часавы пас
भोजपुरी: टाइम जोन
български: Часова зона
Boarisch: Zeidzone
bosanski: Vremenska zona
brezhoneg: Rann-eur
català: Zona horària
čeština: Časové pásmo
Cymraeg: Cylchfa amser
dansk: Tidszone
davvisámegiella: Áigeavádat
Deutsch: Zeitzone
dolnoserbski: Casowa cona
eesti: Ajavöönd
Ελληνικά: Ζώνη ώρας
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Fûş orâri
English: Time zone
español: Huso horario
Esperanto: Horzono
euskara: Ordu-eremu
føroyskt: Tíðarsonur
français: Fuseau horaire
Frysk: Tiidsône
furlan: Fûs orari
Gaeilge: Amchrios
Gaelg: Cryss hraa
Gàidhlig: Roinn-tìde
galego: Fuso horario
ગુજરાતી: સમય વિસ્તાર
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Sṳ̀-khî
한국어: 시간대
հայերեն: Ժամային գոտի
हिन्दी: समय मण्डल
hornjoserbsce: Časowe pasmo
hrvatski: Vremenska zona
Ilokano: Sona ti oras
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: সময়র লয়া
Bahasa Indonesia: Zona waktu
interlingua: Fuso horari
íslenska: Tímabelti
italiano: Fuso orario
עברית: אזור זמן
Basa Jawa: Zona wektu
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಸಮಯ ವಲಯ
къарачай-малкъар: Сагъат бёлге
Kiswahili: Kanda muda
Кыргызча: Убакыт аралыгы
latviešu: Laika josla
Lëtzebuergesch: Zäitzon
lietuvių: Laiko juosta
Limburgs: Tiedzaone
Livvinkarjala: Aiguvyöhykeh
lumbaart: Füs urari
magyar: Időzóna
македонски: Часовен појас
മലയാളം: സമയ മേഖല
მარგალური: ოსაათე ორტყაფუ
Bahasa Melayu: Zon waktu
монгол: Цагийн бүс
မြန်မာဘာသာ: အချိန်ဇုန်
Nederlands: Tijdzone
нохчийн: Сахьтан аса
Norfuk / Pitkern: Tiemsoen
norsk: Tidssone
norsk nynorsk: Tidssone
Nouormand: Feusé horaire
Novial: Tempe-sone
occitan: Fus orari
олык марий: Шагат ӱштӧ
ଓଡ଼ିଆ: ସମୟ ମଣ୍ଡଳ
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Vaqt mintaqasi
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਸਮਾਂ ਖੇਤਰ
پنجابی: ویلہ تھاں
Papiamentu: Zona di tempu
ភាសាខ្មែរ: ល្វែងម៉ោង
Plattdüütsch: Tietrebeet
português: Fuso horário
qırımtatarca: Saat quşağı
română: Fus orar
Runa Simi: Pacha suyu
русиньскый: Часова зона
русский: Часовой пояс
саха тыла: Кэм курдааһына
संस्कृतम्: समयवलयः
Scots: Time zone
Seeltersk: Tiedzone
sicilianu: Fusu orariu
slovenčina: Časové pásmo
slovenščina: Časovni pas
ślůnski: Czasowo strefa
српски / srpski: Временска зона
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Vremenska zona
Basa Sunda: Zona wanci
svenska: Tidszon
Tagalog: Sona ng oras
தமிழ்: நேர வலயம்
татарча/tatarça: Вакыт зонасы
తెలుగు: సమయప్రాంతం
Türkçe: Zaman dilimi
тыва дыл: Үени хемчээри
українська: Часовий пояс
vèneto: Fuso orario
vepsän kel’: Aigvö
Tiếng Việt: Múi giờ
Võro: Aovüü
Winaray: Zona hin oras
吴语: 时区
ייִדיש: צייט זאנע
粵語: 時區
žemaitėška: Čiesa jousta
中文: 时区