Helena Observatory,   North Alton, NS

Observatory & Server Time

15-Apr-2024 02:56 AST 15-Apr-2024 06:56 UTC

The observatory's local time is:
15-Apr-2024 02:56:59 AST
or:
15-Apr-2024 06:56:59 UTC

The server time was last calibrated at: 10-Nov-2023 19:31:52 AST.
At that time, the server time was: 10-Nov-2023 23:31:56 UTC.

I want the website to display the correct time independently of the clocks on the server or the reader's client computer. I arbitrarily define the time on my computer to be correct, since it is the only one of the three that I can monitor and control directly. In order to display the correct time in content provided by the server, scripts on the server have to apply a correction factor to the server's time. This correction not only accounts for any server clock error, it also accommodates the time zone difference between the server and my observatory.

To establish this correction factor, I periodically measure the difference in time between my clock and the server's clock. This is done automatically, once a week. The correction factor is stored on the server and applied to all times displayed by the website.

Note that the times displayed are static: they do not keep time continuously. The displayed time is the time at which you loaded the page. The longer you stay on the page, the more out of date the displayed time will become.

A correction of: -14404 seconds is currently being applied to the server time to compute AST.

Right now, the server time is: 15-Apr-2024 06:57:03 UTC.