Celestial navigation was originally used by sailors who were crossing vast oceans with the intention of striking land.
Astro-navigation is a type of celestial navigation still used today in space exploration, such as when the Mars missions were guided through the solar system. It uses the same principles as those used by sailors for hundreds of years.
At Stardome we believe that even with today’s technological advancements, it is always useful to have traditional techniques on hand should any of your equipment fail. In Celestial Navigation, you learn navigational techniques in a fun and entertaining environment.
Celestial Navigation is a two-hour learning session, presented in our 360° planetarium theatre. We take you on a guided tour to familiarise yourself with important directional stars and constellations as seen from New Zealand and other parts of the world. The course is designed to teach participants how to navigate using nothing but the stars and sun. You should leave equipped with a basic understanding of this course-plotting technique.
Here’s your chance to learn this time-honoured skill in an interactive environment! The session is suitable for beginners with limited or no knowledge of astronomy.