ASTRONAVIGATION — A METHOD FOR DETERMINING EXACT POSITION BY THE STARS
|Author(s)||K. A. Zischka|
|D O W N L O A D|
The present volume is acting as an excellent and very valuable manual for the old time navigation methods using the stars and providing sailors and pilots with the means to determine their current location. Even taking into account the prevalence of the GPS taking place today, a really comprehensive collection of the formulae that can actually be used on the regular calculators in case of catastrophic system or software failures shall be considered a vital failsafe.
It will also serve as a link to the centuries of explorations. The volume opens with the fundamentals of the positional astronomy, moving to the complex mathematics required to get better understanding of the ephemerides and data tables demonstrating the future positions of the planets and stars. The declared goal of the author is two-fold - the first goal is to provide the readers with the concise manual applicable to the astronavigation and then to furnish the algorithms to find the actual position of the Sun and stars at any given time.
There are so many navigators that rely on the modern technology being vulnerable to various electrical issues, solar flares etc., and the information and knowledge provided by the author of this book will definitely be a sort of backup...
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