A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David Pike
Date: 2017 Dec 22, 01:03 -0800
How come then that Zubenubi is included in the UK / US Nautical Almanach (NAL) daily pages ? Maybe without Zubenubi they would be a significant "gap in the racket" given the stars grid retained by the His Majesty's Admiralty ? Any other anwser anybody ?
As with everything ‘Brit’, the answer probably goes way back to the 18th or 19th century, and the exact reason has probably long been forgotten. I don’t think it was because it's such a lovely name, which conjures up so many exotic possibilities, or even because the Astronomer Royal’s name was Heinz, who got to the end of the alphabetical list, and couldn’t abide the thought that he’d found only 56 navigational stars. DaveP