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Chapter 6 Introduction to Celestial Navigation Introduction In  modem  day  navigation,  we  have  grown  dependent  on  advanced  satellite navigation  systems  (GPS)  to  accommodate  our  day-to-day  navigation needs.  However,  celestial  navigation  is  still  very  much  a  part  of  a  day’s work  in  navigation.  You  may  ask  yourself  why  we  still  use  celestial navigation with all the high tech equipment available to find the ship’s position.  The  answer  is  simple.  In  wartime,  there  is  always  a  possibility that  satellite  tracking  stations  and  satellites  themselves  may  be  knocked out.  As  a  Quartermaster,  you  must  make  every  attempt  to  hone  your celestial skills. In  this  chapter,  you  will  learn  the  basics  of  celestial  navigation.  The information contained in this chapter will help you to understand the more complex topics contained in chapter 9. Objectives The material in this chapter will enable the student to: Describe the celestial sphere. Describe  the  Celestial  Coordinate  System. Use  The Nautical Almanac. Determine the LMT of sunrise, sunset, and twilight. Determine LMT of moonrise and moonset. Determine  LHA  of  Aries,  selected  stars,  and  star  time  using  The Nautical  Almanac,  Pub 249, and  The Rude Starfinder. Topic Page Earth and the Celestial Sphere 6-2 Understanding the Celestial Coordinate System 6-3 Using The Nautical Almanac 6-5 How  to  Determine  the  Time  of  Sunrise,  Sunset,  and Twilight 6-6 How to Determine the Time of Moonrise and Moonset 6-8 How to Determine Selected Stars Using Pub 249 6-9 How to Determine Selected Stars Using The Rude Starfinder 6-12 6-1

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