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Date: 2009 Oct 28, 09:12 -0400

```Hi Frank

Question 1:
Clearly, our contestant did not have a grasp of celestial navigation,
and just picked one of the three angles.  One out of Three chance and the
buzzer!
Question 2:
The start chart shown is only for one hemisphere, due to the path of the sun on the left.
Of course, the chart is a blur but based upon the cluster of stars at
the center, it could very well be the northern hemisphere.
It would be easier to determine which hemisphere, if the chart had
restricted itself to those of the 57 navigational stars that resided in that
hemisphere.
However, with the declination of Polaris at N89, of Vega at N39 and of
Canopus at S53; it is clear that he has more stars than the hemisphere can
contain!

No clue as to what show or year, but it must be prior to 1973.

Best Regards

-----Original Message-----
From: navlist@fer3.com [mailto:navlist@fer3.com] On Behalf Of frankreed@HistoricalAtlas.com
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 9:32 PM
To: NavList@fer3.com
Subject: [NavList 10288] Celestial Navigation on TV

I was watching an episode of an old television show earlier today, and it
included a visual "quiz" on navigation. Here are two quiz questions and the
1) Question (as loud music plays and a star chart is diplayed on the screen):
the celestial sphere by the great circles connecting the elevated pole, the
zenith of the assumed position of the observer, and the celestial body. Mark
your assumed position in the triangle by pressing the correct key."
He answers: "I can't even hear myself think!" and presses the wrong key.
2) Question (after a star chart flashes on screen for a fraction of a second):
"Name ten of the navigation stars you just saw on the screen. You have ten
seconds."
He answers: "Canopus... Polaris... Vegas [sic]... It's too fast! I can't remember."

I think it's just possible that this was the first and only time that the
navigational triangle was correctly defined in American television history.
It was a "fake" quiz and this question was probably read from a textbook just
to sound like complex science jargon, so it doesn't really count. But it was
still remarkable to hear those words in such an incongruous setting.

I am attaching a screen capture of the star chart as displayed for the second
question. How would you rate our contestant's answer?

-FER
PS: Nice frame around the video screen in that screen capture, isn't it? It
looks like the "brushed metal" interface that was popular in Apple's Mac OSX
five to ten years ago. In fact, the screen capture is from quite a bit
earlier. You get ten NavList points if you can name the television program
and the year.

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