celestial navigation


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celestial navigation

n.
Navigation of a ship or aircraft based on measurements of time and the positions of celestial bodies. Also called astronavigation.

celestial navigation

n
(Navigation) navigation by observation of the positions of the stars. Also called: astronavigation

celes′tial naviga′tion


n.
navigation by means of observations made of the apparent position of heavenly bodies.
[1935–40]

celestial navigation

astronavigation. Also called celo-navigation.
See also: Astronomy
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.celestial navigation - navigating according to the positions of the starscelestial navigation - navigating according to the positions of the stars
navigation, pilotage, piloting - the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
Translations
navigation stellaire
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