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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Murat, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Murat and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Murat:
    • 37.745965, -79.525873
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Murat
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Murat ...

We found two communities that share the name Murat.

Within Virginia, the name Murat is unique.

Beyond Virginia, we know of another two communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Ohio
      • Paulding County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Ohio community of Murat [Paulding County].
    • Wisconsin
      • Taylor County
      • This Murat is located in Taylor County and lies 762 miles [1,226.3 km]<2> to the northwest of the Murat that is located in Rockbridge County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Taylor County community of Murat.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Murat ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Buffalo Bend
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buffalo Bend have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buffalo Bend
    • Buffalo Bend is located in Rockbridge County
  • Buffalo Forge
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buffalo Forge have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buffalo Forge
    • Buffalo Forge is located in Rockbridge County
  • Denmark
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Denmark have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Denmark
    • Denmark is located in Rockbridge County
  • Fancy Hill
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fancy Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fancy Hill
    • Fancy Hill is located in Rockbridge County
  • Glasgow
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
  • Longwood ‑ Historic
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Longwood have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Longwood
    • Longwood is located in Rockbridge County
  • Maple Grove
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maple Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maple Grove
    • Maple Grove is located in Rockbridge County
  • Mechanicsville
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mechanicsville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mechanicsville
    • Mechanicsville is located in Rockbridge County
  • Mudtown
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mudtown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mudtown
    • Mudtown is located in Lexington City
  • Natural Bridge
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Natural Bridge have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Natural Bridge
    • Natural Bridge is located in Rockbridge County
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Natural Bridge <4>
  • Natural Bridge Station
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Natural Bridge Station have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Natural Bridge Station
    • Natural Bridge Station is located in Rockbridge County
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Natural Bridge Station <4>
  • Red Mills
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Mills
    • Red Mills is located in Rockbridge County

How Far From Murat to ...

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Murat and extending to:

  • Richmond, which is the State Capital of Virginia, lies 115 miles [185.1 km]<2> to the east (E). If you could drive a straight line from Murat to Richmond, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 156 miles [251.1 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,052 miles [9,739.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,759 miles [10,877.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,635 miles [7,459.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Murat. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Rockbridge County: www.co.rockbridge.va.us/

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Murat, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Murat) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Murat. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7460, Longitude: -79.5259       In this case, the coordinates for Murat have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>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.
<6>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 Murat to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.414 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.00 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.171 degrees.









 

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