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## Somewhere Out in the Stars

Imagine, you're travelling at warp speed for quite some time now. Suddenly, an officer sounds off on the loud speaker, "We are nearing our destination, we will reduce speed upon arrival. Please find your seat as gravity will temporarily shift in the opposite direction." The chairs quickly rotate to the aft of the ship, presenting itself to you. You sit down, keeping an eye on the current time within your heads up display. Pressure builds as the ship slows down, forcing you into your chair.

Soon after the officer pipes up again, "Time pieces updating." Just then, your HUD updates to "2Ɛ1 : 65 : Ɛ : 03 : 00".

How would you read this?

Soon after the officer pipes up again, "Time pieces updating." Just then, your HUD updates to "2Ɛ1 : 65 : Ɛ : 03 : 00".

How would you read this?

## Why This Format?

Using the same format of Standard Time, we can bring this further with days and something I like to call "Eras". Here's a quick look at what you'd see:

2Ɛ1 : 65 : Ɛ : 03 : 00

[era] [dd] [h][mm][ss]

Which translates to year 2136, March 12, 10:02 and 30 seconds.

This is great, it allows for each column to reach Ɛ then flip over to 0, rather than :59 flipping over to :60. It also allows months and years to follow this :ƐƐ format rather than the 12 months and the 29-31 day range.

With this system, one tick before 2020, new years would look like this:

ᕍ6: 99: Ɛ :ƐƐ :ƐƐ

One tick more and it would be,

ᕍ6: 9ᕍ: 0 :00 :00

The time above would be ᕍ69,ᕍ00,000 ticks since 1970, January 1st.

So if we waited until January 1st of year 2100, it would read:

235 :8ᕍ :0 :00 :00

In year 2500, it would read:

940 :37 :0 :00 :00

In year 3000, it would read:

1618 :60 :0 :00 :00

Every 100 (144 decimal) earth days would be a new era. This system does not follow the concept of an earth year.

So with this in mind, 1 earth year is ᕍ,68ᕍ,000 ticks long.

2Ɛ1 : 65 : Ɛ : 03 : 00

[era] [dd] [h][mm][ss]

Which translates to year 2136, March 12, 10:02 and 30 seconds.

This is great, it allows for each column to reach Ɛ then flip over to 0, rather than :59 flipping over to :60. It also allows months and years to follow this :ƐƐ format rather than the 12 months and the 29-31 day range.

With this system, one tick before 2020, new years would look like this:

ᕍ6: 99: Ɛ :ƐƐ :ƐƐ

One tick more and it would be,

ᕍ6: 9ᕍ: 0 :00 :00

The time above would be ᕍ69,ᕍ00,000 ticks since 1970, January 1st.

So if we waited until January 1st of year 2100, it would read:

235 :8ᕍ :0 :00 :00

In year 2500, it would read:

940 :37 :0 :00 :00

In year 3000, it would read:

1618 :60 :0 :00 :00

Every 100 (144 decimal) earth days would be a new era. This system does not follow the concept of an earth year.

So with this in mind, 1 earth year is ᕍ,68ᕍ,000 ticks long.

## Do It Yourself

Start by using a Unix Time Converter ( http://www.onlineconversion.com/unix_time.htm ):

1) Put in your date you would like to calculate. For example, you could put, 03/01/2018 @ 4:02:30

2) Press [Submit]

3) Copy your result

Use a decimal calculator:

1) Paste your result into the calculator

2) Multiply it by 2.88

Use a base converter ( baseconvert.com )

1) Paste your result in the Decimal row

2) Within the "Enter a new base" field, type, "12"

3) Your Galactic Standard Time is the number that is in the "base 12" row (eg. A2 1B 2 0300)

If you get any strange numbers after the radix point, like “… 5.5343A0B62A68781B”, this is a second that was cut unevenly. You can just round that last second like this:

A2 1B 2 1291.5343A0B62A68781B

A2 1B 2 1292

This can be read as,

A2 eras, 1B days, 2 hours, 12 minutes, 92 ticks

(ᕍ2 eras, 1Ɛ days...)

Which is,

2018, March 01, Thursday, 4:12AM

Remember, there are 2.88 ticks per second, so that means the ticks are beating at 172.8 bpm.

1) Put in your date you would like to calculate. For example, you could put, 03/01/2018 @ 4:02:30

2) Press [Submit]

3) Copy your result

Use a decimal calculator:

1) Paste your result into the calculator

2) Multiply it by 2.88

Use a base converter ( baseconvert.com )

1) Paste your result in the Decimal row

2) Within the "Enter a new base" field, type, "12"

3) Your Galactic Standard Time is the number that is in the "base 12" row (eg. A2 1B 2 0300)

If you get any strange numbers after the radix point, like “… 5.5343A0B62A68781B”, this is a second that was cut unevenly. You can just round that last second like this:

A2 1B 2 1291.5343A0B62A68781B

A2 1B 2 1292

This can be read as,

A2 eras, 1B days, 2 hours, 12 minutes, 92 ticks

(ᕍ2 eras, 1Ɛ days...)

Which is,

2018, March 01, Thursday, 4:12AM

Remember, there are 2.88 ticks per second, so that means the ticks are beating at 172.8 bpm.