By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 22, 2021) – In Issue 2021-118 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about Zulu time.

Where Time Begins

Not regarding the Big Bang, rather this article is about the Prime Meridian or the 0 degree Longitude.  That is where Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), or Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) starts and ends 24 hours later, traveling east.  GMT is also known as Zulu among those on the high seas.

You can be in both the West and East Hemispheres at the same time.  Most of us visiting the Royal Greenwich Observatory have done that while the mandatory pictures were taken with the well-marked Prime Meridian line between our two feet.

The site for the observatory located southeast of central London was chosen by Sir Christopher Wren and it was commissioned by Charles II in 1675 on this day.

Here is an attractive view of central London by Rupprech from 1740.

Central London from 1740 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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