Know exactly what time it is in eastern time with this eastern time clock.
The clock shows time within the eastern time zone. A time zone is a standard time used in a geographic area. It's the time we've all agreed to follow so it's easier to travel, communicate and barter with people around the world.
These lines aren't straight and neat, many are negotiated and agreed based on the country's needs.
Eastern Time Zone (ET) consists of places that use:
- Eastern Standard Time
- Eastern Daylight Time
Eastern time zones can either be Standard or Daylight depending if the region using the zone observes daylight savings time during spring and summer seasons.
Eastern Standard Time or EST for short is 5 hours behind Greenich time (GMT - 5:00). During the months when daylight savings is observed, Eastern time zone changes to Eastern Daylight Time or EDT which is 4 hours behind Greenich time (GMT -04:00).
This means that the time zones leveraged in eastern time zone regions are either 4 or 5 places behind the starting line of Greenwich.
Just because a region observes an eastern standard time does not necessarily mean they observe daylight savings. Below is a list of places around the world that leverage Eastern Time Zone.
There are 23 states within the eastern time zone in the United States. Washington, D.C and 17 other states fall entirely within the Eastern Time Zone while 6 others observe both central and eastern time within the state.