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celestial navigation

navigation by means of observations made of the apparent position of heavenly bodies.
Origin of celestial navigation
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A breather, after you've studied the same stuff in celestial navigation.

    Desire No More Algirdas Jonas Budrys
  • More about this will be mentioned when we come to celestial navigation.

    Lectures in Navigation Ernest Gallaudet Draper
British Dictionary definitions for celestial navigation

celestial navigation

navigation by observation of the positions of the stars Also called astronavigation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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celestial navigation in Science
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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