Modern Standards

Modern Calendars

On July 4th, 2061 the first human colony on an alien planet is confirmed to be operational. This is the date used for epoch in the modern star date system. Since a year is dependant on Earth's rotation around Sol, a month is defined by the Moon's rotation around Earth, and a day is defined by the Earth's rotation around itself, none of these were suitable to measure galactic time.

The largest common factor in all of this is the hour, since the hour, minute, and second are relatively aribitrary. A Galactic Year is defined as 8,760 hours, and a Galactic Month is 730 hours, with 12 months to the year. A Galactic Day is 24.3 hours, with 30 days a month. Thus, the Galactic Date is given in three parts separated by points. E.G., 25.9.5 is the 25th day of the 9th month of the 5th year after epoch. You'll notice that these numbers are very similar to time on Earth, and that Earth time and Galactic time will be in nearly perfect lock step. This is due to the fact that at epoch the map of our galacy used lightyears as the unit of measurment, so the concept of the year needed to remain the same.

The Galactic Calendar is almost exclusively used by the military, and interplanetary shipping agencies. A planet can not be expected to adhere to a 25 hour day when there may be merely 17 hours from sun up to sun up, or over 30! A planet's calendar is based in it's moon(s), orbit, and rotation. A planet's calendar starts on the day the colony ship first lands, and borrows the Galactic Calendar's years. E.G., if a new colony is formed 23.8.7 G.E., then that planet's calendar starts 1.1.7 G.E.

Changes to Homosapien

Though functionally all humans are still the same, and a person from one planet can reproduce with a person from another, small physical changes can be noticed. Citizens from planets with more daylight hours will develop darker skin, and similarly citizens of planets with less daylight hours will have a lighter complexion. Planets with higher gravity produce shorter, stockier people while planets with less gravity tend to produce taller, lankier individuals. Apart from these minor cosmetic changes, that in all honesty were already present before the first human ever left the Earth, the other change has been in the human metabolism. Humans from planets with a larger day to night ratio tend to have a much slower metabolism and need less sleep than those with a large night to day ratio. Some people are just not cut out to be cosmonauts due to the fact that they require more sleep than they are allotted. Most though will be able to cope with the life style.

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