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A few interesting notes on the usage of stardates in the Okudagram that lists the following stardates referenced in Varley's logs.

Consider:

  • Stardate 42609.01 • 00:14:08
  • Stardate 42608.29 • 06:58:01
  • Stardate 42607.33 • 07:55:20
  • Stardate 42605.57 • 13:40:22
  • Stardate 42592.72 • 17:16:02
  • Stardate 42607.95 • 22:48:30

There seems to be a pattern if you assume 1 stardate = 24 hours.

  • .01 = 00:14:24
  • .29 = 06:57:36
  • .33 = 07:55:12
  • .57 = 13:40:48
  • .72 = 17:16:48
  • .95 = 22:48:00

If you take the decimal portion of the stardate (shown above, on the left) x 24 (hours) = you get the corresponding hour of the day (shown on the right). If you continue to multiply the remain decimals by 60 (minutes & seconds) you can get the rest of the time. I think this might be worth mentioning in the stardate article as one of the means used in devising stardates...at least one that is both makes sense and is consistent. --Alan del Beccio 19:13, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

I remember noticing this, but could not recall which episode it was. The correlation is not exact, but it's close. I am guessing that the stardates are simply rounded to the nearest 0.01. Note that this is how times in Lotus and Excel spreadsheets are stored. It is also how times are represented in Julian Dates. --Nike 07:27, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

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