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    USNO web app cloned
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2020 Sep 15, 03:11 -0700

    Do you miss the US Naval Observatory's nice, old-fashioned web page providing basic celestial navigation data? It was text-based, with an 80-character width, like something straight off a punched card. There are many alternatives. But it was a familiar tool with a frumpy, yet readable format. It died an early death last year when the USNO website was abruptly pulled offline to fix some security issues. That was real, I think. There were vulnerabilities. But most of us were amazed, flabbergasted, or at least amused when they told us the site would be down for six freaking months. And of course, pandemic or otherwise, that deadline came and went, and who knows when it will return. Time for some voodoo!

    As I was working on the rebuild of my web apps for predicted lunar distances, clearing lunars, and nautical almanac data, I realized that I could also build a clone of the USNO web app in a relatively short time. So I did. It's done. I have tested it, and it works well. I've made no effort to improve on the USNO tool. That's a project for another day. 

    Enjoy:
    USNO web app clone at ReedNavigation.com.

    Why build this? Strictly occult, infernal magic. We all know how this works: since I built this, the original USNO app is almost guaranteed to come back online within days, even hours! So think of it this way: I have jumped on the firecracker. I have taken the hit. And now the USNO web tools will come back online any day now... ;) 

    Frank Reed
    Clockwork Mapping / ReedNavigation.com
    Conanicut Island USA

    PS: All of the app links, listed above, point to my standard navigation website, ReedNavigation.com. Those links then redirect to secure (https) links at my primary website, clockwk.com. Bookmark either. They work the same way. 

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