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What does a sextant measure?
Last Updated: 15th May, 2020
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Also asked, how does a sextant measure longitude?
It is an astronomical method of calculating thelongitude at which a position line, drawn from a sight bysextant of any celestial body, crosses the observer'sassumed latitude. The angle between the sea horizon and thecelestial body is measured with a sextant and thetime noted.
Likewise, why is the sextant so important? A sextant is a very important mathematicalinstrument for navigating at sea. It can also be used inastronomy. It is used to measure the angle between two faraway objects. Most often these objects are the sun and the horizon,or the pole star and the horizon.
Also to know is, how does the sextant work?
All it is is a device that measures the angle betweentwo objects. The sextant makes use of two mirrors. With thissextant, one of the mirrors ( mirror A in the diagram) ishalf-silvered, which allows some light to pass through. Innavigating, you look at the horizon through thismirror.
How do you use a sextant to navigate?
To use the sextant the telescope must befocused on the horizon. The celestial body to be shot, found andthe sextant aimed at it. Bring the body down to the horizonby moving the arm along the arc and then clamp thearm.