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I didn’t anticipate being so long away from the blog, or home for that matter, so soon after our last trip. But last Sunday night as we were preparing for another normal work week, we got word that Bart’s grandfather had just passed away, and our plans changed almost immediately.

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Today is the 183rd birthday of the US Naval Observatory. Founded in 1830, it’s original mission was the repair of navigational instruments, which included chronographs and early time standards. Today, the observatory’s principle mission remains the same: providing precise time, earth orientation, and astrometry services for the nation.

At the USNO, we like any excuse to celebrate and eat cake in our famed library (shown above in the blog header, in case you ever wondered what that was). So today we’ll be having birthday cake in honor of this illustrious anniversary.

You can read more about the observatory and it’s founding here and here.

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