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New Web Site Puts Atomic Time on Your Computer

For Immediate Release: October 14, 1999

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Contact: Fred McGehan
(303) 497-3246

The official U.S. time in any U.S. time zone now can be obtained from the new Internet web site, www.time.gov, maintained by the Boulder Laboratories of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration.

This public service is provided jointly by the two federal agencies that provide the nation's time services: NIST and the U.S. Naval Observatory. Both contribute time from their respective atomic clocks to an international pool that is used to define Coordinated Universal Time (abbreviated UTC from its French name), the official world time. The two clocks should never differ by more than one ten-millionth of a second.

Because of the complexities of international time zones and daylight-saving time, www.time.gov provides local time for U.S. locations only. For times outside the United States, links are offered to a UTC display and an international time zone web site (via the "About This Service" page).

Most users will receive a time reading accurate to much better than one second.