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    Re: Lunar Distance in Wikipedia
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2007 Sep 17, 21:21 +0100

    About the date of the last lunar distances in the Nautical Almanac, I had
    written-
    
    | "I now have an authoritative answer from "the horse's mouth", to wit,
    | Catherine Hohenkerk of HM Nautical Almanac Office"
    
    
    and Frank responded-
    | Consider tossing a grain of salt in that horse's mouth, George. The
    present
    | NAO is a vestigial remnant of its former self.
    
    So what? I don't see the relevance of Frank's slighting comment.
    
    | And also:
    | "That is in accord with the date that was given by D. Sadler, and qoted by
    | (I think) Frank Reed. Sadler was Superintendent of the NAO, so as
    Catherine
    | says, he ought to know."
    |
    | I don't think I referenced D.H. Sadler as a source, and I wouldn't trust
    him
    | without double-checking on matters like lunar distances which were
    | peripheral to his expertise. But this tidbit from Hohenkerk does tell us
    | something relevant: her source is probably none other than that little
    | booklet "Man is not Lost" which lists Sadler as the principal author.
    
    Frank jumps to conclusions. The reason I asked Catherine Hohenkerk was that
    her department possesses a complete back-number archive of previous editions
    of the Nautical Almanac, under various titles, going back to 1767. So I knew
    that it would be a simple matter to arrive at a direct and authoritative
    answer, that could not be questioned.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george---.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
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