United States Naval Observatory

An aerial view of Naval Support Facility US Naval Observatory during 2004 The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) is a scientific and military facility that produces geopositioning, navigation and timekeeping data for the United States Navy and the United States Department of Defense. Established in 1830 as the Depot of Charts and Instruments, it is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the United States, and remains the country's leading authority for astronomical and timing data for all purposes.

The observatory is located in Northwest Washington, D.C. at the northwestern end of Embassy Row. It is among the few pre-20th century astronomical observatories located in an urban area; initially located in Foggy Bottom near the city's center, it was relocated to its Northwest DC location in 1893 to escape light pollution.

The USNO has conducted significant scientific studies throughout its history, including measuring the speed of light, observing solar eclipses, and discovering the moons of Mars. Its achievements including providing data for the first radio time signals, constructing some of the earliest and most accurate telescopes of their kind, and helping develop universal time. The Naval Observatory performs radio VLBI-based positions of quasars for astrometry and geodesy with numerous global collaborators (IERS), in order to produce Earth orientation parameters and to realize the celestial reference system (ICRF).

Aside from its scientific mission, since the 1970s the Naval Observatory campus hosts the official residence of the vice president of the United States. Provided by Wikipedia
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by Lukac, Marie R.
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Naval Observatory, 2000
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Washington, : Govt. print. off., 1924
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by Eastman, John R. (John Robie), 1836-1913
Washington : Govt. Print. Off., 1873
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Washington : Gov't. print. off., 1889
Third edition,
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by Maury, Matthew Fontaine, 1806-1873
Washington : W. A. Harris, 1858
8th edition--enlarged and improved.
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by Maury, Matthew Fontaine, 1806-1873
Washington : W. A. Harris, 1858
8th edition--enlarged and improved.
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Washington, 1881
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Washington : G.P.O., 1912
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Washington : U.S. Dept. of Defense, Dept. of the Navy, Naval Observatory, 1976
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by Cleere, Gail S.
Washington, D.C. : Dept. of the Navy, U.S. Naval Observatory : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1985
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by Meiller, Victoria Louise Fahnkow, 1916-
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Naval Observatory, 1980
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by Kaplan, George H.
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Naval Observatory, 1980
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Washington : Gov't print. off., 1872
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Washington : G. W. Bowman, printer, 1860
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[Washington] : U.S. Naval Observatory, 1876
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Washington : G.P.O., 1889
Third edition, revised and corrected /
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[Washington] : [Gales & Seaton, Printers], 1846
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by Gillis, James Melville, 1811-1865
Washington : Gales and Seaton, 1845
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by Maury, Matthew Fontaine, 1806-1873
Philadelphia : E.C. and J. Biddle, 1855
Seventh edition --enl. and improved.
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