The Nautical Almanac - Sun and stars - year 2014
" The Nautical Almanac of the stars " (excel spreadsheet software - year 2014) generates the essential data needed for the pratice of celestial navigation - This free software creates daily pages (printable sheet - A4). All these astronomical data and information allow mariners to calculate the ships position with the traditional method of the celestial navigation (using a sextant).
description of the nautical almanac ( astronomical almanac for mariners )
The user must enter the date ( day - month ) and the geographical coordinates (latitude and longitude) of the estimated position (to obtain the Greenwich Mean Time of the astronomical events : twilight, sunrise and sunset).
The excel spreadsheet (software) shows :
Sun : Greenwich hour angle (G.H.A.) and declination tabulated at hourly intervals including increments, semi-diameter and meridian passage at Greenwich :
Aries : hour tables ( Greenwich hour angle - sideral time ) :
Stars : position tables ( sideral hour angle - S.H.A. and declination ) - 64 stars are tabulated (Polaris included) :
On the nautical almanac the astronomical events are shown according to the geographic coordinates : nautical twilights, sunrise and sunset . Times are expressed in Universal Time (U.T.) - Latitude 50° 24,5' North and longitude 0°00,1 West are the geographic coordinates (approx.) of the lightvessel "Greenwich" at the southern entrance to The Channel ( in the middle of the separation zone ). New coordinates are required for the real estimated position (or country, town etc.). :
In the sheet " standard latitudes " events at fixed latitudes/greenwich longitude are shown like a traditional nautical almanac :
Hour angles and declinations are calculated with a precision equal to that given in the traditional Nautical Almanac. VSOP87 Theory has been incorporated in the program and allows the calculation of the position of the sun with an error not exceeding 2". Results has been rounded to the nearest value (0,1 arcminute).
This is a freeware software (excel spreadsheet) but the redistribution is forbidden and the download is possible from this website only. This Almanac does not intend to substitute the traditional Nautical Almanac. The software has the following characteristic: " as is " without any express or implied warranties of any kind. The user assumes full responsibility for the use of the software.
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