Interactive Nautical Almanac
The Nautical Almanac available here, tabulates the coordinates of the Geographical Position of the selected Celestial Object (in Greenwich Hour Angle and Declination) for each integral hour of the year. Time is recorded in Universal Time (UT).
On activating the almanac tables from the links below (see "Interactive Tables") the
almanac data with the Greenwich Hour Angle (GHA) and Declination (Dec)
for 6 successive days will be generated in a separate window. This window also contains
navigation buttons to display and print appropriate parts of the Nautical Almanac.
The Semi-Diameter and Horizontal Parallax are the geocentric values as observed at the center of the Earth. The topocentric values as observed on the surface of the Earth may differ slightly from these geocentric values as recorded in the Nautical Almanac. Especially for the Moon, due to its close proximity to the Earth, there is a measurable difference in Diameter and Parallax Effect between geocentric and topocentric positions.
Augmentation of the Moon
As explained above, the apparent diameter of the Moon measured on the surface of the Earth
(topocentric diameter) is different from the geocentric value recorded in the Nautical Almanac.
The difference in Semi-Diameter can be as large as 0.3' when the Moon is in the Zenith of the
With one of the links below, the interactive Nautical Almanac is started in a new window.
To obtain the correct GHA and Declination for the time of observation the
"Interpolation and Conversion Tables" may be useful.
For the correction of measured Sextant Angle use the
"Correction Tables for Sextant Altitudes".
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