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    Re: Converting a Lunar Distance to GMT
    From: Bruce Stark
    Date: 2003 May 5, 23:45 EDT

    Dan,
    
    Your question #1: Lower case m, s, and d refer to the apparent altitudes and
    apparent distance. That is, corrected for everything but refraction and
    parallax. Upper case M, S, and D refer to the true altitudes and distance.
    
    Question # 2: If you are calculating electronically, stick with the law of
    cosines for spherical triangles. But if you are using logs that's no good
    either in terms of reliable accuracy or convenience. Get your equations out
    of a pre-1950 Bowditch or an old spherical trig text book.
    
    I'm somewhat behind the times, and am just coming to understand what the term
    "algorithm" means. So don't expect me to be much help in developing a
    self-contained one. I'd rather leave the electronic approach to others. But
    I'll try to be at least some help when I can. Thanks for the advice on
    sqrt(). I'll use it next time.
    
    Bruce
    
    
    

       
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