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Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Discovery.

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How Far From Discovery to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Discovery to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Discovery to:

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 846 miles [1,361.5 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Discovery to Juneau, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 48 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 33 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 3,600 miles [5,793.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 8 days, a buggy would take 141 days and walking would take 205 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,881 miles [9,464.6 km] and it lies to the North (N).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,555 miles [10,549.2 km] and it lies to the North Northwest (NNW).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,203 miles [8,373.4 km] and it lies to the North (N).<6>

Communities Also Named Discovery ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Discovery.

While the name Discovery is unique within Alaska, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alaska

British Columbia

Our profile page for Discovery   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 833 miles [1,340.6 km] to the East

Maryland

Frederick County

Our profile page for Discovery, Frederick County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,558 miles [5,726 km] to the East Northeast

Saint Mary's County

Our profile page for Discovery, Saint Mary's County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,653 miles [5,878.9 km] to the East Northeast

Northwest Territories

Our profile page for Discovery   [Map]
Distance: About 1,362 miles [2,191.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Discovery. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Discovery) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Discovery. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 62.4525, Longitude: -157.9339     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Discovery have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Discovery to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 11.208 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 16.56 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 352.62 degrees.

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<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Discovery, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Discovery.



 
 
 

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