Time and Navigation: The Time Place Connection
Start time: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 11:50 am EDT
Duration: 50 minutes
Learn why accurate time is essential for finding location. Centuries ago navigators at sea relied on accurate clocks called chronometers, and a device called a sextant that measured the position of the sun, moon and stars to know their time and location. Today, accurate clocks on orbiting satellites help find our location anywhere in the world: on land, sea and in the air. This session explores the advancements in time keeping through the lens of industrial nation’s desire to improve navigation for improved trade and military power.Please register or sign in to access this session.
Carlene Stephens is a curator in the Division of Work and Industry at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Her responsibilities include care of the museum’s historical collections of clocks and watches, machines for recording and playing back sound, locks, and robots.