D.C. October 22, 2017
You’ll Want To Take This Amazing DC Tour That’s Only Offered At Night
There are quite a few tours in DC. Ok, there are more than quite a few tours. We have so many tours available to us. But the truth is, most of those tours are geared towards tourists. Or we’ve already taken them. But there is one unique tour in DC that is a great activity for Washingtonians. The Naval Observatory offers one of the most interesting and unknown tours in DC but it’s only offered at night.
The US Naval Observatory is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the country. It's also one of the few pre-1900 astronomical observatories near an urban area. When it was built, it was quite far from the light of the city center.
The primary function of the observatory is to product Positioning, Navigation and Timing insight for the Navy and the Department of Defense. It's home to the "Master Clock" which provides the precise time.
The complex also serves as the Vice President's residence.
While many Washingtonians have heard of the observatory, not many know that they offer tours there are certain Monday nights.
The tours consist of three different parts. Frist you learn about the history of the observatory and astronomy and navigation.
You can take a tour of the James Melville Gilliss Library, which is home to some of the most rare books in the world.
Then you learn about clocks and time and the history of time.
Finally you will get to experience the telescopes. If you're lucky you can view the sky from the 26-inch refractor.
This huge telescope is used on clear nights for different monitoring and measuring stars.
And when you peak through the viewfinder, you'll experience the most magical view of the sky.
Tours are free to the public. For security purposes, tours must be made in advance and they are only offered at certain times of the year. There are not tours available right now but keep an eye
on their website for updates on when tours will be available.
Will you take the Naval Observatory tour when they’re offered? If you’ve already been on it,
try this incredibly unknown tour in DC!