Sunday, May 19, 2024

It’s Time to Change Hubble’s Clock | NASA Goddard

It’s Time to Change Hubble’s Clock | NASA Goddard

Remember that Y2K thing a few years ago?  Everyone was afraid the world was going to end because computer programmers saved space by putting dates as . . . 77 for 1977, 85 for 1985, Or 90 for 1990? However, then it became clear that when the year 2000 finally rolled around all of the computers would think it was actually 00. Or the year 1900.

Well, it turns out Hubble has something similar, only Hubble’s clock restarts every 6,213 days, 18 hours, 48 minutes, and 31.875 seconds. Or roughly every 17 years for those of you who like counting.

This is because Hubble’s computers have a different way of tracking time than we have here on the ground. You would think it would be as simple as synching our ground clocks with Hubble’s personal timepiece, but you would be surprised!

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

Paul Morris: Lead Producer 

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Duration: 4 minutes, 44 seconds

Release Date: May 3, 2024

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