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    Re: 1421 The year China discovered longitude
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2004 May 9, 14:00 EDT
    Geoffrey K wrote:
    "Well, I am not a historian. I think it would interesting and fun for some members of this list to think about how the ancients might have gone about this and then actually try and measure their relative longitudes using methods developed individually or collectively."

    There's really nothing to it. The process might make a nice web project for some middle school students scattered around a hemisphere of the globe.

    If you visit http://nighskylive.net , you will find photos of the whole sky taken nearly simultaneously at different points scattered around the world. It might be an interesting project for young astronomy students to attempt to deduce the observatory location by looking at the zenith and meridian stars in each image.

    Frank R
    [X] Mystic, Connecticut
    [ ] Chicago, Illinois
       
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