celestial navigation

A form of navigation where the known position of celestial bodies and their angle to the observer, along with the time of the observation, are used to determine position. The exact position of stars is given in a nautical or aeronautical almanac. This form of navigation has been almost entirely replaced by various forms of electronic navigation.

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  • Celestial navigation — Celestial navigation, also known as astronavigation, is a position fixing technique that was devised to help sailors cross the featureless oceans without having to rely on dead reckoning to enable them to strike land. Celestial navigation uses… …   Wikipedia

  • celestial navigation — n. navigation based on observation of the sun, moon, stars, or planets to determine position …   English World dictionary

  • celestial navigation — navigation by means of observations made of the apparent position of heavenly bodies. Also called astronavigation, celo navigation. [1935 40] * * *       use of the observed positions of celestial bodies to determine a navigator s position. At… …   Universalium

  • celestial navigation — n. astronavigation, navigation of a ship or aircraft according to the position of celestial objects; navigation in space between celestial bodies …   English contemporary dictionary

  • celestial navigation — Synonyms and related words: VAR, aspect, astronavigation, attitude, automatic electronic navigation, azimuth, bearing, bearings, chronometer, coastwise navigation, consolan, dead reckoning, electronic navigation, exposure, fix, frontage, lay, lie …   Moby Thesaurus

  • celestial navigation — noun Date: 1939 navigation by observation of the positions of celestial bodies …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • celestial navigation — /səˌlɛstiəl nævəˈgeɪʃən/ (say suh.lesteeuhl navuh gayshuhn) noun navigation based on the positions of celestial bodies. Also, astronavigation …   Australian English dictionary

  • celestial navigation — noun Navigation by using the positions of the stars and other heavenly bodies Syn: astronavigation …   Wiktionary

  • celestial navigation — noun navigation using the sun, moon, and stars …   English new terms dictionary

  • celestial navigation — celes′tial naviga′tion n. naut. navig. navigation by means of observations made of the apparent position of heavenly bodies • Etymology: 1935–40 …   From formal English to slang

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