Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada

Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada | Source: Texts and Photo: Ayuntamiento de San Fernando.

The Royal Institute and Observatory of the Armada in San Fernando is one of the most important scientific centers in the world.

It has a spectacular library consisting of over 25,000 volumes and some pieces of great value. At a scientific level this is where the official time of Spain is established and it has a set of atomic clocks that establish and maintain the scale of universal coordinated time (UTC-ROA).

For more than a century it holds the honor of being the first geomagnetic observatory in Spain and it also has a seismograph station.

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