Why is Australia in front in time then other countries like The US for example? Why aren't they behind instead of Infront?

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  • 6 months ago
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    The Earth is a globe, and the sun rises in Australia, then India, then Europe, then America, then the Pacific Island, then Australia again. Somewhere on this circle, we have to pick a north-south line and call it the place where a new date begins. It would be awkward if this "Date Line" line went through a major population region: people on one side would be in June 15th (for example), while people just on the other side would be in June 16th.

    The Earth has a convenient place with few people: the Pacific ocean. Plus historically, people in western Europe wanted to be as far away as possible from the date line. They wanted the colonies in America and Australia, and India, to be in the same date as England and Spain as much as possible. Since western Europe is about as far as possible from the mid-Pacific, the geography works out to favor the mid-Pacific as the place where the date changes.

    Australia is on the west side of the mid-Pacific, so the date changes there early. The US is on the east side, so the date changes there much later.

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    If China had colonized the Americas, southern Asia, and Australia before 1450, they might have picked the mid-Atlantic for the date line. They did some long-distance exploration, but pretty much stopped after 1433 as it was too expensive and they had problems back home.

  • 6 months ago

    Australia starts with an "A". United States starts with a "U". Do'h!

  • 6 months ago

    Much of their nation is desert and they have a lot smaller population. Plus they never had an ego problem like the USA and its "manifest destiny" bull.

  • Bill-M
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    6 months ago

    Because of the location of the International Date Line (180 Degrees Longitude in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. That is the starting point and ending point for Date/Time measurement. America's Day begins in Guam and Ends in Hawaii/Alaska.

    • John P
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      6 months agoReport

      Some answers are amusing, but the answer by Bill-M gives the details.

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  • 6 months ago

    Because Earth rotates west to east and where the international date "line" is. It is,a VERY crooked line. The direction Earth rotates cannot be changed. There are also 37 time zones, not 24. Australia has some other unusual aspects about its time zones.

  • 6 months ago

    has to be a line somewhere. the British made the midpoint line through their observatory in Greenwich, forcing the date line to be on the opposite side of the world. Just arbitrary, a historic artifact. Makes no real difference whatsoever. Just a counting system, not a real time concern.

  • Joe
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    6 months ago

    The International Date Line had to be placed *somewhere*. It has to run pole-to-pole.

    By placing it in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it doesn't have to divide any country. It's also roughly opposite the traditional Prime Meridian (running through Greenwich, England). Australia happens to be one of the first population centers west of that line.

  • 6 months ago

    GMT and Prime Meridian and longitude and the earth's rotation and all like that, dude. Look 'em up.

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