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Celestial Navigation

Celestial navigation is the practice of navigating from one place to another using celestial bodies as a guide. Prior to the invention of GPS, people would use the position of the stars in relation to themselves as a method of orienting oneself to their destination. The process is simple in concept – the navigator uses … Continue reading Celestial Navigation Continue reading

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Celestial Navigation

Celestial navigation, or astronavigation, allows a navigator to use sights and angular measurements between celestial bodies to determine their location. While the sun is the most commonly used body, the moon, planets, polaris, and some other 57 navigational stars can also be used. Those navigational stars have coordinates that are pre-calculated and located in the … Continue reading Celestial Navigation Continue reading

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Finding the Way with the Stars

    It is amazing for me to think about the human race finding their way before the invention of the modern GPS. While Google Maps and Waze are modern conveniences accessible to all with a smartphone, the sky has a long standing tradition of helping people find their way. In ancient times, sailors would… Continue reading Finding the Way with the Stars Continue reading

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Celestial Navigation: The Sea Astrolabe

The sea astrolabe was a brass tool constructed and used for the purpose of determining one’s latitude. Most commonly, it was used on long marine voyages that required knowledge of the ship’s exact whereabouts in order to continue in the correct direction. The astrolabe measures the altitude of the sun at noontime or the meridian… Continue reading Celestial Navigation: The Sea Astrolabe Continue reading

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Celestial Navigation: A Method of the Past?

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Using the Stars to Navigate

c For my third blog, I came across a mental floss article giving some helpful tips on how to navigate at night by looking at the stars. As we all know people have been using the stars to navigate from place to place for really long time, so it seems like something pretty handy to […] Continue reading

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Navigation by the Stars

History Before the time of GPS devices, navigation apps, and even before the Earth was known to be round, humans were using the heavens to find their way around this hardly discovered planet. While land navigation could be made fairly easy┬áby dead reckoning and using landmarks, this technique became infinitely more difficult once humans began […] Continue reading

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