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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".

    Stan


    -----Original Message-----
    From: Ed Popko <NoReply_EdPopko@fer3.com>
    To: slk1000 <slk1000---.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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