A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Andrés Ruiz
Date: 2022 Sep 1, 09:58 +0200
It depends on the mathematical knowledge of high school students: trigonometry, vector analysis, series, …
At the document “The lunar distance method” succinctly explains the basis.
The equations are explained using spherical trigonometry. For another approach using vector calculus, see the paper: “Vector equation of the Circle of Position”, at the same link.
Historical methods mainly solve lunars using series.
Distancias lunares - Lunar distances
I am taking a world history class this year, and we just covered some of the history of navigation. One of the topics we covered was about lunars and how helpful they were to sailors of the past. For an assignment, I have to give a presentation about a topic found in the book. I would love to learn how to complete a lunar calculation and share the method with my class. Is this possible? Is there a lunar method that highschoolers who have no prior experience with navigation could understand?
Thanks for your help,