celestial navigation

noun

Definition of celestial navigation

: navigation by observation of the positions of celestial bodies

Examples of celestial navigation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The English missionaries, the French authorities, the Tahitians who adopted foreign ways that had been framed as superior—all had conspired to endanger traditions from tattooing to cooking to celestial navigation. Jeff Chu, Travel + Leisure, 30 Jan. 2022 Future ballistic missiles will also include advanced celestial navigation. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2021 Traditional celestial navigation requires measuring the angle of a star or planet in the sky. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2021 As Polynesia was colonized and modernized, the secrets of celestial navigation were nearly forgotten. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 As Polynesia was colonized and modernized, the secrets of celestial navigation were nearly forgotten. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 As Polynesia was colonized and modernized, the secrets of celestial navigation were nearly forgotten. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 As Polynesia was colonized and modernized, the secrets of celestial navigation were nearly forgotten. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 The post represents the Māori’s connection to Antarctica, the use of celestial navigation and the spirit of exploration. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of celestial navigation

1922, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

22 Jun 2022

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“Celestial navigation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celestial%20navigation. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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