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[NOTES] Dates and Times

Gregg Irwin edited this page Aug 9, 2018 · 2 revisions


Currently, time! values are stored internally as a 64-bit float. Date! values contain time values, but the two are separate. The date component is a varying number of bits per segment. i.e., the minimum number of bits needed for each part. The year part has 15 bits (signed) allocated. So not suitable for astronomy. As says, they are Gregorian calendar dates.




time! behaves like any other 64-bit binary float, with it's precision best near zero:

>> 0:0:1.23456789e-100 * 1e96
== 0:00:00.0001234568

Unlike date! (which only makes sense for where the calendar defines it), time! is suitable enough for astronomy:

>> 24:0:0 * 365.25 * 1e100 / 1e100 / 365.25
== 24:00:00

Although formatting is limited by 32-bit integers right now:

>> 24:0:0 * 365.25 * 1e100 
== -2147483648:-2147483648:06.5862164e97
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