Happy New Year, Iran!

It’s midnight on January 1, 2007 in Tehran. Here’s hoping the new year brings a change of direction in that country, with less warmongering and more heckling.

To see what time it is elsewhere around the world, visit WorldTimeZone.com. They’re a half-hour away from 2007 in Moscow, Baghdad, Riyadh and Mogadishu, among other places. Cairo has an hour-and-a-half to go, Paris 2 1/2 hours. And if there’s a single “official” start of the new year, it isn’t when the ball drops in New York in 8 1/2 hours, but when Greenwich, England enters 2007 in 3 1/2 hours and the official “Zulu time” turns over to 01/0000Z.

P.S. Here’s a Java applet counting the time left till 2007 in various major cities. And here’s a static list of all the time zones and when they hit local midnight.

Here in Arizona, we’re in the UTC+7 time zone, meaning we’ve got seven more hours than Greenwich, England to wait — which is to say, we’re 10 1/2 hours away from 2007 yet. It’ll be 2:00 AM EST when we enter the new year. At least, that’s the official view, and the Brendan Loy view. Here in the Zak household, though, the prevailing wisdom is that it’s the new year when the ball drops in New York. I dispute this every year, but Ted and Ginny are unyielding in their adherence to what you might call the “Dick Clark principle” of New Year’s countdowns. :) Never mind that one channel actually re-runs the Times Square countdown two hours after the fact, so it’s actually possible to watch the ball drop at midnight local time. Anyway, I’ll be staying up till midnight, that’s for damn sure. Whether I’m here in Gold Canyon, or out at the Insight Fiesta Bowl Block Party in Tempe, has yet to be decided.

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