Old Naval Observatory

The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia was given a tour of the Old Naval Observatory, which is not open to the public. Located… read more

The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia was given a tour of the Old Naval Observatory, which is not open to the public. Located near the Lincoln Memorial, the former observatory was built in 1844 and operated until 1893. It once housed the largest telescope in the world; gaining fame in 1877 when it was used to discover the moons of Mars. Curator Jan Herman displayed artifacts and talked about the building’s significance in local, national, and scientific history.

The tour was given by Navy Medical Department historian Jan Herman, curator of the observatory, which was then on the grounds of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. close

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Category:
Vignette
Format:
Interview
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Feb 6, 2011
Last Aired:
Feb 13, 2011

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  • Feb 06, 2011 | 8:02am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 06, 2011 | 7:00pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 06, 2011 | 10:00pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 12, 2011 | 3:00pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 13, 2011 | 2:00am EST | C-SPAN 3
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