Gateway Late Night
No two worlds, in all the twenty-nine systems of the Seraphim Cluster, have the same orbital and rotational period. While this has led to the development of many, many calendars and clocks, it becomes somewhat inconvenient when one is attempting to do business between worlds, let alone between systems. In space, day and night are however long the ship’s engineer leaves the lights on; while humans, in general, keep to a “two awake, one asleep” rhythm, the length of those three beats vary widely from planet to planet.
This business was, of course, untenable; thus, the Gateway Council established the Stardate protocol, intended to be a universal method for reckoning time.