Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member HaricotVert_52
N 39° 08.203 W 077° 11.923
18S E 309966 N 4334250
Quick Description: One of six world-wide latitude observatories built in 1899. The precise nightly star measurements from here were used to prove and monitor the "wobble" of the earth on its north-south axis. Satellites replaced these observatories in 1982.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 8/13/2016 1:12:48 PM
Waymark Code: WMRWHQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member snaik
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Long Description:
The telescope has been temporarily removed for restoration.

The International Polar Motion Service program was created by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1899 to monitor the "wobble" of the earth on its axis.
Six virtually identical stations were built along the parallel 39° 08' north latitude. Each night, the operator would record the precise observation of preset groups of stars. Data from the sister stations would be compared for various analytical purposes.
The stations were rendered useless with the advent of satellites but the data recorded are still of value today.

The City of Gaithersburg hosts night skywatching opportunities throughout the year. Schedule:
(visit link)
Observatory Purpose: Research

Optical / Infrared Telescopes?: Yes

Radio Telescopes?: No

Solar Telescopes?: No

Open to the Public?: Yes

Is this a Club Observatory?: No

Public Viewing Allowed?: No

Active Observatory?: Retired

Number of Telescopes or Antennas: 1

Site URL: [Web Link]

Year Dedicated or Opened: 1899

Altitude (meters): Not Listed

Visit Instructions:
Note the time of day of your visit, and your own photo of your favorite part of the observatory. This might be the view from the observatory, picture of your favorite building or favorite exhibit. (Be mindful of flash photography rules!)

If you participated in an observing session, let everyone know what you saw!

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