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Old May 22 2013, 08:52 PM   #16
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Re: Time (but not travel)

Well yeah, in-universe the Prime Universe Stardate system makes more sense.

I think it would be a system that would have to take into relativistic effects - not just for speed, but also that fact that time runs differently in different gravity wells vs. flat space, orbit vs. ground - and even with FTL travel...well, according to Einstein, traveling FTL would mean traveling *back* in time. I'm sure that in the Trek Universe that doesn't happen, of course...but all in all, well, really....there isn't a universial time that every observer would agree with. But Stardates are a way to take that into account, and try to formulate some kinda of date system that everyone can sort of agree on - and that takes into account relativity and such and clocks running at different times.

As such, it would be an immensly complicated dating system! Probably take a computer to sort it all out.

I think the key to how it works is in the name - "Stardate" - probably ti takes into account to positions of stars - and probably uses some sort of pulsar map, as well as Federation/Starfleet subspace transponders with atomic clocks (or "quantum clocks") and such.
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Old June 3 2013, 12:08 AM   #17
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Ok, let's ignore the current StarTrek dating system for a second. I'm curious as to what people would consider a good way to measure the passage of time that would be acceptable to any race, and what portions it would be measured in. ie. fractions of galaxy rotation, or the vibration of a particle.

im curious, since a day on earth is obviously not a day on vulcan or romulus. different races have tolerences for different day lengths etc. and going from one day on a planet from one day on ship, space station, or other planet would likely cause jet lag.

even something as simple as measuring someones age becomes a problem.

any thoughts?
I guess it could be some fraction of the galactic year. That's what every species within this galaxy can agree on.

The interstellar time unit (the "space second") would be defined by a pulsar that everyone can see.


And measuring age... well, you get your own age based on your solar system, and your "galactic age". And you can convert that to every other age just as easy as you can convert currencies.
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