April 19, 2019

Astro-Vid Of the Week: Down with Daylight Saving Time

Time for sundown on DST? (Photo by author)

This coming weekend, most of North America will perform that yearly Spring ritual of setting their clocks one hour ahead to Daylight Saving Time, or DST. Now reckoned as the second Sunday of March, the DST shift for 2014 on March 9th falls nearly as early as early as it can this year, missing that mark by just one day. And three Sundays later, the European Union follows suit, shifting forward to Summer Time on March 30th.

DST seems to really ambush folks these days, as we spend over 65% of our year shifted ahead. Is it worth it? Is DST a effective cost saving measure, or an archaic nuisance whose time has come? This week, we thought it would be worthwhile to look at a timeless (bad gag intended) explainer video on all things DST:

You can see the wacky situation that DST puts us in. And the closer you move to the equator, the less relevant shifting to DST every year becomes, as the variation in the length of daylight versus nighttime hours becomes zero.

And of course, this means that evening astronomers must now stay up later for nighttime observing to begin. And its questionable if any energy is really saved, as most Americans simply huddle in their air conditioned homes during peak summer hours.

Perhaps one day, well decide to embrace the reality of a global culture and do away with DST and time zones while were at it. Until then, you can kick back and enjoy the wackiness of the ritual, and help us spread some sanity by saying #DownWithDST on Twitter.

Enjoy!

Comments

  1. Martin Lipka says:

    Something positive for Congress to do…kill DST

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