Unix Time - Definition


Two layers of encoding make up Unix time. These can usefully be separated. The first layer encodes a point in time as a scalar real number, and the second encodes that number as a sequence of bits or in another form.

As is standard with UTC, this article labels days using the Gregorian calendar, and counts times within each day in hours, minutes, and seconds. Some of the examples also show International Atomic Time (TAI), another time scheme, which uses the same seconds and is displayed in the same format as UTC, but in which every day is exactly 86 400 s long, gradually losing synchronization with the Earth's rotation at a rate of roughly one second per year.

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