celestial navigation


: navigation by observation of the positions of celestial bodies

Examples of celestial navigation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The item in question was a 1,000-year-old astrolabe, a tool designed by the ancients for celestial navigation, telling time and reading horoscopes. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Mar. 2024 Your new telescope won’t magically download celestial navigation in your head. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, 21 Jan. 2024 On the way to the base, Mr. Sadler became fascinated by celestial navigation. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2024 But who would’ve thought the humble dung beetle had celestial navigation figured out? Meredith Carpenter, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2014 Some examples of ancient TEK include midwifery, celestial navigation and fish conservation. Moriba Jah, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2023 For thousands of years, celestial navigation was only practiced by men in Polynesia. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2023 Both missions will also carry technology demonstrations to further NASA’s interplanetary capabilities: VERITAS will fly with a deep-space atomic clock for enhanced celestial navigation, and DAVINCI+ will host a novel high-resolution ultraviolet imager. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 3 June 2021 The head looks upward into the sky to symbolize celestial navigation, and the post celebrates past explorers who had ventured to the arrowroot-colored continent. New York Times, 2 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of celestial navigation was in 1922

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“Celestial navigation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celestial%20navigation. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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celestial navigation

: navigation by observation of the positions of heavenly bodies

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