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    Re: AstroNav Course
    From: Bob Goethe
    Date: 2016 Jul 6, 09:39 -0700

    >>celestial navigation...sounds a bit ethereal, a bit cosmic, or spiritual. Indeed, over the years I have encountered quite a few people who hear the phrase "celestial navigation" and think that it has something to do with cosmic contemplation. <<

    I have found this as well.  The "celestial navigation" phrase just doesn't communicate well to people outside the nautical/navigational community (which is almost everybody I know).  Most folks locally seem to seldom use the word "celestial" in their spoken language except in connection with Celestial Seasoning's herbal teas.  "Astro navigation" seemed like only a slight improvement.  It did have a Jetsons flavor for me (funny how these things hang on for decades in the back of the mind).  I had never considered "nautical astronomy"...but I like it.

    When speaking to a sailor or pilot, any descriptive phrase will work.  But when trying  to communicate with a person who may not even know what the word "sextant" means, I think I am liking the un-shortened phrase, "astronomical navigation" best.  Seems like I should have been able to work that out for myself long before this discussion on NavList, but I didn't.  So this has been a helpful dialog to me.


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