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    Re: Twitter Cel Nav Challenge
    From: Stan K
    Date: 2016 Dec 11, 08:30 -0500
    "I'm taking a class in celestial navigation, and I'm trying to determine how close to our GPS position I can get just using a sextant."

    Short, and sometimes invites more questions, but should convince the person that I'm harmless, but perhaps in need of some mental health therapy.

    I hate using the term "GPS position", as it was the same latitude and longitude (ignoring datum differences) before GPS existed, but this seems to work better than saying "actual position".


    -----Original Message-----
    From: Ed Popko <NoReply_EdPopko@fer3.com>
    To: slk1000 <slk1000@aol.com>
    Sent: Sat, Dec 10, 2016 10:10 pm
    Subject: [NavList] Twitter Cel Nav Challenge

    The recent thread entitled "Is Sextant a generic word?" showes that most of us have been in social situations where we had to explain what we were doing (sextant in hand) to a total stranger with presumably no knowledge of celestial navigation, position finding or even that the sky could tell us something about where we are. This is particularly a problem with the younger generation because they no longer look up but spend most of their time looking down towards their smartphones.

    So the "Twitter Cel Nav Challenge" is this -- what would you say in 140 words or less to explain what you are doing?  Assume that if you fail to convince the person, the police will arrive shortly.
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