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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She records that aerial photographs were taken of some 400,000 square kilometres of the coastal and inland features south of 70[degrees]S and publication began of 1:250,000-scale series maps over the Trans Antarctic Mountains and West Antarctica, using very sparse astrofix ground control.
In the field these astrofixes were made using sun or star position line techniques, which were imprecise in application with unknown deviation of the vertical for measuring angles.
HOCKING, David Roy (1985), Star Tracking for Mapping: An Account of Astrofix Surveys by the Division of National Mapping during 1948-52, paper presented at the 27th Australian Survey Congress, Reducing Remoteness, Alice Springs, 23-29 Mar 1985, The Institution of Surveyors, Australia; online at: www.xnatmap.org/adnm/ops/prog/astro_new.pdf