World Time Zones

Here are the time zones of the world. All places in one time zone have the same time, except when a region has "Daylight Saving Time" when the local time is advanced by one hour. On this map there is no adjustment for Daylight Saving Time!

(Note: the clock uses the time on your computer as its reference)

Why Different Times?

Because when the Sun is high in the sky in one part of the world, it will be night-time in another place. So for "Midday" to be approximately in the middle of the day, the world has to be divided into different time zones.

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Why does the Sun Rise and Set at Different Times?

We have a special page that explains this here: Earth's Orbit and Daylight.