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    Re: Silicon Sea
    From: Greg R_
    Date: 2006 May 19, 18:29 -0700

    Robert wrote:
    > Are previous almanacs available online now?
    I don't know if this will work for what you want, but the US Naval
    Observatory has an online almanac at:
    I just checked it and it seems to work for 01/01/1900, so hopefully
    that goes back far enough for you.
    --- Robert Gainer  wrote:
    > Peter,
    > Are previous almanacs available online now?
    > Robert Gainer
    > >
    > > From: Peter Fogg 
    > > Date: 2006/05/19 Fri PM 05:12:13 EDT
    > > Subject: Re: Silicon Sea
    > >
    > > > Renee wrote:
    > > > I hadn't even considered bringing the problems up to 2007.
    > >
    > > Anyone actually practising nav, or learning, can be expected to
    > have access
    > > to almanac data for the current year. While data for other periods
    > is
    > > certainly available, accessing it steepens that learning curve,
    > already
    > > steep enough, unnecessarily. Are you familiar with the nav problems
    > included
    > > in each issue of 'Ocean Navigator'? They are based on the format of
    > a
    > > nautical tale that may go back a century or more but the problem is
    > always
    > > posed so current year almanac data can be used for resolution.
    > >
    > > > I think that, with suitable almanac extracts...
    > > We'd need to be careful about copyright. One idea is to present a
    > page from,
    > > say, the nautical almanac with relevant data circled, as an example
    > of how
    > > to extract info needed. Getting permission for that should be
    > feasible, and
    > > in any case that sort of quoting is specifically allowed for. We
    > could
    > > certainly supply the needed data as well for each problem, as well
    > as
    > > suggestions for alternative ways to access almanac information (eg;
    > online).
    > >
    > > > I know creating the problems was a big project, and I assume that
    > redoing
    > > > them all would be another big project.
    > >
    > > Big enough, yes, but should be doable one leg at a time, which is
    > how they
    > > were created. Its going to be quite a learning experience for us as
    > well.
    > >

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