Season of Astronomical Events

First of all, The Perseids Meteor Shower is currently already underway and will peak in just under two weeks!

Perseids Meteor Shower

Moment: Meteor Shower Peak (Aug 12, 17:00 UTC) according to space.com

More info: http://space.com/32868-perseid-meteor-shower-guide.html

Then towards the end of the month, on the 21st of August, North America will witness a solar eclipse, which will even be total on a path that stretches through the United States.

Total Solar Eclipse

Moment: First point of contact: Oregon (Aug 21, 16:05 UTC) (local time is 09:05 AM PDT) according to nasa.gov

More infohttps://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how


Events Can Now Have Titles

Just as events can have locations, they can now have titles.. Here is, for example, how a cup of coffee at the Eiffel tower in a couple of days would look like!


The Roundest UNIX Timestamp in 15 Years

In little over a day we will witness the roundest UNIX timestamp in 15 years:
One thousand five hundred billion milliseconds will have passed since the UNIX epochhttp://currentmillis.com/?1500000000000
The moment will occur on the 14th of July, mostly popular for being the National Day of France.


Countdown to New Year 2017

To continue a tradition which was just recently started in 2015, here are New Year Countdowns to the top 2 countries in terms of currentmillis.com visitors:


www.* will redirect to *

From now on all URLs starting with http://www.currentmillis.com/* will redirect to http://currentmillis.com/* (purpose: standardization of external links to the site)

https URLs will not be redirected as described above (purpose: to serve responses to original requests and fast). The minute sync service will continue to serve http or https, as requested, with no redirects.


Design Philosophy - Launching XMillis.com

CurrentMillis.com provides a set of services designed to be helpful for software developers. However, some of these services are useful outside a software development scope. One of them is the ability to create a time-link which has been separated into a dedicated website, XMillis.com, essentially a URL shortener for the time-link service provided by CurrentMillis.com combined with a specialized UI for selecting dates and times.

CurrentMillis.com will continue to develop further towards advanced engineering and power-users while XMillis.com will have a distributed focus on popular features and multiple communities.


Future Events with Global Impact

In an attempt to provide additional curated content and to promote standardized time-keeping, XMillis.com (as the social arm of CurrentMillis.com) will start to maintain a compendium of future events with global impact. Carefully and chronologically, but also concisely detailed, each entry will serve as a temporal and geographical summary of the event: XMillis Events


New Calendar Buttons!

The CurrentMillis.com Calendar now has 4 buttons to enhance time navigation & synchronization:

  • Progress 
    • can be ON or OFF
    • is displayed only for the future
    • if enabled, a progress bar showing the flow of time towards the future will be displayed
  • Countdown
    • is displayed only for the future
    • is a link button which, when clicked, will open a dedicated countdown page for the defined moment
  • Seconds
    • can be ON or OFF
    • if enabled, the time difference between the present and the moment defined by the page/URL will be displayed in seconds (otherwise & by default it is in minutes to avoid distracting changes)
  • Now
    • is a link button which, when clicked, will load the user's present moment

To test them out you can check this moment in a (not so distant future): Star Trek's First Contact :)


Launching Minute Sync Service

A synchronization web service that responds with the number of minutes that passed since the UNIX epoch is now available at:


Both HTTP and HTTPS are supported. The service is free and requires no authentication.


/api discontinued, replaced by /time

Unfortunately the sudden popularity gained by the /api/* URLs made it clear that the hardware resources (and not only) necessary to serve the current time with low latency & no authentication to tens of millions of automated requests per day outmatch the power & profitability of the website. In other words, the time & effort required by an investment in such hardware is beyond currentmillis.com’s possibilities and perhaps only in the realm of content delivery networks like CloudFlare or Akamai… After Sunday’s traffic spike, to protect the site’s very existence, the /api/* URLs have already stopped serving the current time.

There is one trade-off solution that’s currently being experimented: increasing latency to gain scalability. By using a CDN, service URLs could be cached & delivered without so much strain on the main server. So starting today /time will be offering a ‘latent’ time sync service with an average latency of 1 hour.

UPDATE: By using a CDN and some other means, a high-resolution sync service is available again as the number of minutes passed since the UNIX epoch. Details about the new minute sync service here.