In 2322, a new stardate system was introduced. This adjusted the previous system by having 1000 stardates be equivalent to one Earth year, but remained otherwise independent from the Earth calendar. Each stardate was approximately 8 hours, 45 minutes long, and was subdivided by a decimal; the number of digits following the decimal point could be used to calculate the precise time with great detail. The first day of each "stardate year" (when Stardate x999 becomes Stardate y000, where x and y represent the current "stardate years," e.g. 51999 and 52000) fell on 23 May of each Earth year; the First Contact Day holiday fell on Stardate x868 of each year (e.g. Stardate 54868.6 was 5 April 2377).
Notes and References
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- Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer) & Berman, Rick & Hurley, Maurice (Co-Executive Producers). "Encounter at Farpoint." Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episodes 1-2 (Production 101-102). Directed by Corey Allen. Written by D.C. Fontana & Gene Roddenberry. Paramount Pictures Corporation, 28 September 1987.
- Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer) & Berman, Rick & Hurley, Maurice (Co-Executive Producers). "The Neutral Zone." Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episode 26 (Production 126). Directed by James L. Conway. Story by Deborah McIntyre & Mona Clee. Teleplay by Maurice Hurley. Paramount Pictures Corporation, 16 May 1988.
- "Homestead." Star Trek: Voyager, Episode 269. Television. 9 May 2001.
- The new stardate system introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation followed much clearer rules than that of the original series. Each year was divided into 1000 stardates, and the Earth year 2364 was given in the season 1 finale, "The Neutral Zone;" this was the first time an Earth calendar year was mentioned on screen. It was not until "Homestead," in the seventh season of Star Trek: Voyager, when both an Earth date (First Contact Day, e.g., 5 April 2377) and a stardate (54868.6) were given in the same episode. This allows for a very precise calculation of which Earth dates align with a stardate.