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Celestial Navigation Lab

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Celestial Navigation Lab Parker R. Watson February 27, 2007 Adam Trotter Astronomy 101 Section 412 “I pledge that I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this report.”
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Data and Calculations Part I Angle between Arcturus and Chapel Hill zenith at meridian passage 9.05 degrees Distance between Key West and Chapel Hill 790 miles Angle between Arcturus and the Key West zenith 1.5 degrees Radius of the Earth 5995.63 miles Percent Error 51.28% Part II Angle of Polaris’ altitude 12.82 degrees Angle of Spica over Chapel Hill from Memphis 3.77 degrees Distance from Chapel Hill to Memphis 394.48 miles Actual distance (as the crow flies) 616 miles Percent Error 35.96% The radius of the Earth was calculated with the equation R = D / [angle degrees / 57.3] which was an equation given by the workbook. The distance between the two cities was calculated in the same way. Percent error was calculated with the given percent error equation. Conclusions This information can be very helpful in astronomy and in life. This can help a
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