Star observations key to Mason-Dixon Line
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Star observations were used to measure the Mason-Dixon Line

Mason and Dixon would spend weeks at a time measuring just one point of latitude by the stars, said Todd Babcock of the Mason and Dixon Preservation Partnership.

Days of calculations would follow before the pair and their survey team could move on.

But Mr Babcock added that the Mason-Dixon Line was not as accurate as first thought.

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  • 30 Aug 2017