Time Zones Facts

Time Zones Facts

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For the two hours between 10:00 and 11:59 (UTC) each day, three different days are observed at the same time in different places.

For example, at UTC time Thursday 10:15, it is Wednesday 23:15 in American Samoa, (UTC-11), and Friday 00:15 in Kiritimati (UTC+14). For the first hour (UTC 10:00–10:59), this is true for both inhabited and uninhabited territories, but during the second hour (UTC 11:00–11:59) it is only true in an uninhabited maritime time zone twelve hours behind UTC (UTC-12).

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According to the clock, the first areas to experience a new day and a New Year are all islands that use UTC+14, that is the Line Islands and Tokelau (a territory of New Zealand), and in the southern summer also Samoa.

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