The US government has announced plans to create a new time zone called Lunar Coordinated Time (LTC) in 2026. This time zone will be established on the moon, with NASA tasked with creating it. LTC will be based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and monitored by the International Space Station.

Currently, Finland is three hours ahead of UTC in summer and two hours in winter. News agencies such as Reuters, Britain, and the BBC, as well as the Australian science magazine Cosmos, have reported on the US government’s plans to create an LTC. Time in space flows differently than on Earth, with each day on the Moon being about 58.7 microseconds faster than on Earth.

Scottish astronomer Royal Professor Catherine Haymans explains that gravity affects the passage of time differently in different places in the universe. By creating a time zone for the Moon, countries and companies aiming for space exploration can make more accurate calculations. The US aims to remain a pioneer in space travel by deploying LTC ahead of its 2026 Moon mission.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has also prepared a similar system for space time zones. NASA’s implementation of LTC is expected to mark a new era in space exploration and enable more accurate calculations for future lunar missions.

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