Wednesday 7 December 2011
Me: Oh, tomorrow!
Her: No...I think they'll be in on Thursday...
Me: ...Isn't today Wednesday? (My mind about to be blown as I realize what's happening)
Her: It's Tuesday.
Me: It's 11:30 am on Wednesday for us. What time is it for you?
Her: Tuesday evening between 6 and 7.
Me: That's crazy!!
She came through Punta Arenas, Chile and has not crossed the international date line, whereas, I am on New Zealand time and have crossed the international date line. Time zones converge at the south pole to an crossing point at the geographic south pole, where technically there is NO time zone. So here we were standing at the same place, at two different times of day, on two different days at the same time!
At the pole, one day lasts six months. Three months of morning as the sun spirals up, three months of afternoon where the sun spirals down, then six months of darkness. So technically, it's morning as the Solstice has not been reached, and therefore the sun has not reached its peak. So right now, we're about 14 days from the solstice, each day counts for 4 minutes, so that would be 54 minutes before noon. So we're at 11:06am south pole time. Tomorrow will be 11:10am. Boggles the mind!