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Last week, I was able to attend one of our major conferences of the year. This was the first time I have traveled for work since before Hudson was born and, other than my short hospital stay in January, the first time I have really been away from him at all. And apparently there were no baby steps getting back into it; I jumped right in by spending an entire week in the United Kingdom without Bart and Hudson. Thankfully, everything went incredibly well on both sides of the pond.

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Today around midnight Greenwich Mean Time (evening for us in the US), something remarkable will happen. I’ve gotten tons of questions from friends about the Leap Second, which is coming to a clock near you today, so I thought I’d take a moment to discuss the topic and hopefully shed a little light on why it’s interesting and why you should (or shouldn’t) care.

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They say you can’t go home again, but this week I tried. I had a work meeting that took me to my old stomping grounds near Boulder. This was my first trip back to Colorado since we moved almost two years ago, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going back to a place I called home for over eight years.
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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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