Apollo Sextant and Scanning Telescope
On View at Museum in Washington, DC

Time and Navigation

Explore how revolutions in timekeeping over the years have influenced how we find our way.

If you want to know where you are, you need an accurate clock.

This surprising connection between time and place has been crucial for centuries. About 250 years ago, sailors first used accurate clocks to navigate the oceans. Today we locate ourselves on the globe with synchronized clocks in orbiting satellites. Among the many challenges facing navigation from then to now, one stands out: keeping accurate time.

This exhibition explores how revolutions in timekeeping over three centuries have influenced how we find our way.

Location in Museum

Museum in Washington, DC
April 12, 2013
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Curators

Roger Connor