by Gerald Boerner
Our country is known for its support of science and technology. The Internet and its technologies were developed in this country. While the World Wide Web was originated by Tim Berner-Lee while working at CERN (Switzerland), much of the advances that made it popular, e.g., the graphical web browser, were developed in this country.
We have institutionalized science, from the Smithsonian Institute to NIH to NASA. This support for science started in 1842 when the United States Naval Observatory was founded. This, like other governmental science panels, were initially created to support military operations.
An observatory was invaluable in the early 19th century when much of the navigation on ships, including the naval fleet, was done by celestial navigation. A careful study of the skies would enhance the Navy’s navigation around the world. As the light pollution around Washington, D.C., increased, a branch site was developed in Flagstaff, Arizona, in 1955.
Please take a few minutes to gain an enhanced awareness of this agency and its work. GLB
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“The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.”
— Henry Ward Beecher
“Where there is an observatory and a telescope, we expect that any eyes will see new worlds at once.”
— Henry David Thoreau
“I was, I remember, I still remember when the first time I pointed the telescope at the sky and I saw Saturn with the rings. It was a beautiful image.”
— Umberto Guidoni