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A great thing about the sky is that it is brilliant for naviagation. This probably conjours up images of Elizabethan sailors in your mind but I have found myself, on more than one occasion, finding my way around using the Sun, Moon, planets and stars. The other day for instance I arrived in an unfamiliar city at a railway station that I had no directions from to my destination (the train went to the wrong station). The information offices were shut (it was late on a Sunday evening) and I had no map to hand either.

Even though the Sun had already set, I was able to find north, south, east and west well enough to head confidently in the right direction. Having common points of reference on the sky made me feel much more relaxed in a potentially worrying situation. Of course, all this only works when it isn't cloudy!

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 06th Jun 2006 (20:59 CEST) | Permalink
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