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celestial navigation

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noun

navigation by means of observations made of the apparent position of heavenly bodies.

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RELATED WORDS

astronavigation, celo-navigation

Nearby words

celestial latitude, celestial longitude, celestial marriage, celestial mechanics, celestial meridian, celestial navigation, celestial pole, celestial sphere, celestine i, celestine i, saint, celestine ii

Origin of celestial navigation

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for celestial navigation

celestial navigation


noun

navigation by observation of the positions of the starsAlso called: astronavigation
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Science definitions for celestial navigation

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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