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celestial navigation

navigation by means of observations made of the apparent position of heavenly bodies.
Origin of celestial navigation
1935-40 Unabridged
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  • Lewis himself had been trained by the country's leading scientists in botany, zoology, celestial navigation and medicine.
  • Another theory is that salmon use celestial navigation-the sun by day, stars by night-to guide them.
  • In addition, it is used for celestial navigation by using star-horizon or star-landmark measurements.
  • The students still learn both instrument and celestial navigation.
  • The time information is vital for celestial navigation of small vessels.
  • Primary use is accurate time for celestial navigation.
British Dictionary definitions for celestial navigation

celestial navigation

navigation by observation of the positions of the stars Also called astronavigation
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celestial navigation  
Navigation of a ship or aircraft based on the observed positions of celestial bodies. See more at altazimuth coordinate system.
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