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Direction Finding by the Stars

Nature volume 154, page 594 (11 November 1944) | Download Citation

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MR. SIDGWICK'S little book provides much useful information for those who have only a rudimentary knowledge or no knowledge of the constellations and chief stars. Starting with the Great Bear, which most people recognize, directions are given for finding and recognizing the other constellations which appear at the different seasons. The stellar bearings are easily found from a date table and a number of graphs, and the use of the table and graphs is illustrated by examples which are fully worked out. Even the novice should find no difficulty in applying these to obtain his bearings if he carries a copy of the book in his pocket. In addition to finding one's bearings, directions are given which enable the reader to determine the time by means of the sun and a number of the brighter stars. Soldiers on active service will find much useful information in the book.

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