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Nighttime Tour of Naval Observatory

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, DC
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Jan 9 2006  7:45 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Dec 19 2005 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Jan 2 2006 12:59 pm
Event Duration:About 2 hours
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Organizer(s):
Colin Babb
Katie Stofer
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 0 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Join us for a tour of one of the little gems of Washington, the U.S. Naval Observatory. Founded in 1830, it is one of the oldest scientific institutions in the country. Because it's also the home of the vice president and all of the security associated with that, tours happen only every other Monday of each month. Tours include a presentation of the mission and history of the observatory, a discussion of the development of the observatory's timekeeping responsibilities with a member of the time service department staff, and (weather permitting) a viewing of celestial objects with the 12-inch Alvan Clark refractor with an astronomer. (But no, there's no tour of the VP's crib.)

Because of security at the observatory, we will have to submit the names and birthdates of everyone who is going at least a week ahead of the tour date. Also, please take a look at the guidelines for the tour on the observatory's website.

Required Items to Bring:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Light jacket, as appropriate for the weather
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Cameras are allowed

How to Get There:
Event Directions:The entrance to the U.S. Naval Observatory is located off Massachusetts Avenue at the end of Observatory Circle, NW, Washington, DC, directly across the street from the Embassy of New Zealand. We will meet at 7:45 pm outside the gate before going inside. The actual tour is at 8:30. More detailed directions will be provided closer to the event date.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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