Naval Academy Observatory, Annapolis

Naval Academy Observatory, Annapolis

The Naval Academy Observatory is one of many "rarely-seen" views of the Annapolis area, located at Bowyer Road and Phythian Road, overlooking College Creek and the Severn River. Celestial navigation was an important aspect of the USNA curriculum, when it was founded in 1845, to train future naval officers. Construction of the first observatory was completed in 1854, and the Clarke refracting telescope first became operational here in 1857.

That original Clarke telescope was restored and the new observatory building was constructed as a gift to their alma mater from the Naval's Academy class of 1941 at their 50th reunion. The observatory offers great opportunities for contemplating the stars and other interesting phenomena beyond Earth.

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Naval Academy Observatory on Map

Sight Name: Naval Academy Observatory
Sight Location: Annapolis, USA (See walking tours in Annapolis)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Annapolis, Maryland

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