Introduction to Celestial Navigation:
Shamans, Shadows, Sextants and Ships
Time: 4:30 PM PT/ 7:30 PM ET
Duration: 90 Min
This online class will be available for 12-months to registrants to watch. We encourage live attendance to win American Sailing giveaways.
Early Bird Price$79
Ends Friday Jan 28th
ASA Member Price$29
Have you ever been anchored at night and found yourself looking up at the sky thinking “How did the early sailors use the stars to travel the whole world?”
Understanding the night sky can help you become a better navigator and sailor. After this webinar you will never look at a map the same way. This introductory class will help you get a better understanding of the science behind celestial navigation. It is also a fantastic first step for anyone interested in taking the ASA 107 Celestial Navigation course or the ASA 117 Basic Celestial Endorsement.
- Origins of constellations for navigation
- Early astrological events in human history
- 3 Basics of Navigation: location, direction, and distance
- Viking Sunstones
- Babylonian Astronomy & Arithmetic
- How a sextant works
- Using The Nautical Almanac
- Finding latitude using Polaris (or the Sun!)
- What does latitude have to do with nautical miles?
- How 17th century navigators traveled the world using only latitude
- Why is longitude measured in time (hours, min, etc)?
- What is an analemma
- How a little patio in Greenwich, England became the center of the Earth's time tracking
- Using celestial navigation in an emergency
- ...and more!