A NEW map of the world reveals how much Spanish time is out of sync with the sun.
Created by Google engineer Stefano Maggiola, the map reveals the large parts of the globe whose watches are out of sync with ‘solar time’ – the time according to the sun.
The sun rises gradually across the world, due to the earth’s tilt, but this is not taken into account by time zones that cover ‘too large an area’, he insists.
So while it may be midday according to watches throughout an entire time zone, the sun will only actually be in the middle of the sky – at the midday point – for a small fraction of it.
This means that the sun rises and sets here more than an hour later than it does in Naples, despite the countries being in the same time zone.
Mr Maggiola was inspired to create the map during a trip to Spain, after noticing the country’s unusual daylight hours.