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  • It’s about time! The clock that keeps the entire U.S. ticking

    David Kerley, Richard Coolidge and Jordyn Phelps at Power Players27 days ago

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    You may be looking forward to catching an extra hour of shut-eye this Sunday as most of the country prepares to roll their clocks back an hour for Daylight Saving Time, but have you ever wondered where time actually comes from?

    In this episode of “Power Players,” we ventured to the U.S. Naval Observatory in search of answers.

    Situated atop a hill overlooking much of Washington, D.C., the observatory is perhaps best known as the home of the vice president’s mansion, but it is also home to the nation’s master clock.

    Every time you turn on your cell phone or plug an address into your car’s GPS, you are actually communicating with the Naval Observatory.

    “Everything is tied in to the master clock here,” Naval Observatory’s Public Affairs Officer Geoff Chester explained during a recent tour. “So, if you use anything that remotely touches GPS as a timing source, then you are essentially getting your time from us.”

    Chester explained how the job of keeping the nation on time is a whole lot more complicated than counting up from “one-Mississippi.”

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