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Julian Date

(JD, Julian Day)
(time in days since Noon UT November 24 4714 BC Gregorian)

The Julian Date (Julian Day, JD) is the number of days since a chosen fixed time, specifically Noon, UT, November 24, 4714 BC Gregorian Calendar, (Noon January 1, 4713 BC Julian Calendar). It is of note that Julian dates are noon-to-noon rather than midnight-to-midnight, i.e., date 2451545.0 represents what we would call noon UT of some day and 2451544.9583 (i.e., 2451545.0 minus 1/24) is what we would call 11AM UT of the same day.

Variants:

MHJD can mean "Modified HJD" as above, or can be used for a version adjusted by some other constant. Analogously for MBJD.

A Julian Year is somewhat distinct from Julian dates and the Julian calendar: it is exactly 365.25 days if 86400 SI seconds. It is used in astronomy as a measure of time.


(time,measure)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_day

Referenced by:
Epoch B1950.0
Epoch
Epoch J2000.0

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