Time zone at the South Pole

What time zone do researchers at the South Pole use? Everywhere else, barring the adjustments for daylight savings, boundaries, approximations, etc, noon is supposed to be when the sun is at its zenith (that’s why they’re called meridians).

All the meridians meet at the South Pole, though; but obviously the South Pole has a day and night. So when does the sun’s zenith at the south pole take place? And what time zone is it considered a part of?

I presume the whole region around the south pole is considered part of one time zone - otherwise you could rapidly change hours of the day (not to mention dates) by taking a quick jog around the pole.

Also, since the date line touches the south pole, what date is it?

I’m so confused!

The date line and all other meridians meet at the North pole too… why are you specifically asking about the South pole? :slight_smile:

P.S. I like your sig line.

They generally use the same time zone as their home country or research institution. New Zealand’s time zone is also commonly used, since that’s the source of all incoming/outgoing flights.

I Googled “south pole time zone” for this info.

According to this site:

And here’s the current time there.

BTW, matt, I love the signature. Is it original to you, or a quote from elsewhere?

Apparently we all Googled the same sites. :slight_smile:

This question came up close to two years ago with regard to the north pole in this thread

My response was

Is the OP asking about the South Pole specifically, or Antarctica in general?

Anything that’s relevant. And I asked about the South Pole because it happens to be on a continent :slight_smile: