- Space scientists come up with a timeline for not having religion or Earth as the center.
- In outer space, timing is a major challenge.
- Right now, the Greenwich meridian is the point of reference.
Chinese space scientists have proposed that the calendar has no religion or even Earth as its center, and should be applicable across the solar system.
According to an article published in the Journal of Electronic Measurement and Instrumentationwith space ventures becoming more mainstream, a new standard became a need.
In outer space, timing is a major challenge. For example, a person on Mars cannot determine the exact time by synchronizing it with Earth because radio signals take anywhere from three to 22 minutes to travel from Earth to Mars.
The document also mentions that the relative speed and position of the two planets also continue to change.
Scientists have proposed that the common center of mass of the solar system be used for timing and for coordinates to specify locations in space.
It’s totally different from the way we tell time now with the Greenwich meridian as a reference point. Additionally, the birth of Jesus Christ is widely regarded as year 0.
“A new type of time ruler is needed beyond Earth,” said senior researchers from the National Astronomical Observatories in Beijing, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation and the China Academy of Space Technology.