10 Apr 2024

What time is it on the moon?

From Nights, 10:30 pm on 10 April 2024

The White House has directed NASA to create a standard time for the moon and other celestial bodies, so astronauts and spacecraft can better coordinate their missions with earth.

It's the latest development in a half-a-century-long bid to create 'moon time' - an inquiry that is neither simple to calculate nor without some serious, intergalactic geopolitics.

Adam Dunford from the Measurement Standards Laboratory of New Zealand, also known as New Zealand's 'time lord', joins Emile Donovan to explain.

Earth seen from the moon

Photo: NASA