What time zones are used at the North Pole and South Pole? © Getty Images

What time zones are used at the North Pole and South Pole?

After all, Santa can't afford to be late on Christmas Day.

Asked by: Gary Dineen, Ireland

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The rotation of the Earth means that time zones are dictated by the lines of longitude connecting the two poles. But at the poles themselves, all these lines converge, meaning that technically the poles are in all the time zones simultaneously.

In practice, polar explorers and scientists simply choose whatever time zone is most convenient. Those working at McMurdo Station (pictured) in Antarctica, for example, have chosen to use New Zealand local time.


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