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Universal New Years Eve

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A crowd celebrates the new year with sparklers.

Universal NYE Celebration by Annie Stein

As the party wraps up in Mithras, they begin in New Commerce. The festivities sprawl across Sol in a triumphant frenzy of fireworks, ringing in the New Universal Year.
  During the final evening of a standard year, the entire Sol System celebrates; in their streets, in their homes, in their spaceships. Universal New Years Eve is a festival of lights, hallmarked by fireworks, sparkly booze, and cheer.   Universal New Years Eve unites the Sol System as a new tradition of a universal interplanetary society. Together they mark the last day of a calendar native to no culture but familiar to all.


And the results are in! Our clocks are only 1.7 nanoseconds ahead. That's 1 point 7 thousandth of a thousandth of a thousandth of a second. Suck on that, Mars!
— Timetaking @ Saturn
  A staple of New Years Eve is the Timetaking, the reading of a bosonic clock to recalibrate the clocks. Bosonic clocks use the principles of quantum nonlocality to sync up across space, and can only be measured once.   Most planets and moons broadcast the Timetaking on official channels. There's a friendly competition among the planets of Sol to have the most accurate clocks, battling down to nanoseconds. Saturn's moon Mimas has the dubious honor of holding the record as most off, once lagging an entire hour behind.  
Stay tuned for an exclusive live concert by Vespera. Who better to sing in the New Year?
— Timetaking @ Saturn

Bosonic Clocks

UBT is calibrated through the use of bosonic clocks. Bosonic clocks use timekeeper bosons, which are large subatomic particles which change over time and can be entangled in pairs to provide this measurement no matter how far apart each boson is. In other words, the timekeeper boson ignores location and the warping effects of gravity or velocity that other methods of keeping time would be affected by.   In Lunar time factories, pairs of timekeeper bosons are synchronized with a "master boson" before being entangled. One boson is encased in an inert crystal, forming a bosonic clock, and shipped to its final destination, while the other is preserved in the boson vault. The bosonic clock can be observed once, providing an accurate representation of the master boson's state (and thus the Universal Boson Time). Once the bosonic clock is observed, it is decohered from the state of the master boson and is no longer useful as a calibration device.

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Aug 10, 2022 13:43

What a great article :D I really like the time competition going on, makes it a lot of fun. Will the winning moon/planet get a price for having the most accurate clock?

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Aug 10, 2022 13:46 by Annie Stein

The prize is smug self-satisfaction! Thank you!

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Aug 10, 2022 13:44 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

I love the competition for the most accurate clock and Saturn's smug reaction XD

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Aug 10, 2022 13:46 by Annie Stein

Thank you! Saturn is good fun! I cannot wait to write more about it.

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Aug 10, 2022 13:47

What a lovely bit of world-building that includes the aspect of time-keeping through the distortions across space. Neat stuff, Nnie.

Aug 10, 2022 13:51 by Annie Stein

Thanks! I'm glad I got such a great opportunity to talk about time in a fun way!

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Aug 10, 2022 19:38 by RandoScorpio

Imagine living on Mimas and showing up an hour early for any interaction with someone with an accurate time. On the plus side, you'd never be late. I like that the time system was explained in a way that made sense even to someone who doesn't have a super firm grasp on physics because it makes sense (whether it's real or not, which I have no way of knowing).

Aug 10, 2022 20:37 by Annie Stein

Thank you! I'm glad it makes sense! Bosons are indeed real (though I made up the timekeeper boson) and that is my best attempt at explaining quantum nonlocality which is theoretical physics as of writing this. I never had any physics lessons, so it's been a fun challenge to try wrap my head around these concepts. Thankfully my girlfriend is very clever and could help me with all my questions as I tried to parse it all.

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Aug 28, 2022 17:11 by JRR Jara

I'm in awe at how pretty your layouts are! it goes so well with the story and world you are creating. it's very entertaining and immersive. You're doing a great job. It's very inspiring!

Aug 28, 2022 21:34 by Annie Stein

Thank you so much! That's really lovely to hear ♥

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