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1 Latitude The equator is the reference line.

2 Latitude is an Angular Distance

3 Lines of Latitude are Parallels

4 Finding Latitude Using the Altitude to Polaris Altitude –The angular distance of any celestial object above the horizon. This is the angle between an observer’s line of sight and the horizon. –The maximum altitude of any object is 90 o. Directly above the observer. Called the zenith.

5 Using a Sextant to find the Altitude of a Celestial Object

6 Altitude of Polaris 90 o o

7 Altitude of Polaris 60 o 60 o

8 Altitude of Polaris 30 o

9 Altitude of Polaris 0o0o

10 Finding Polaris Using the Big Dipper

11 Finding the South Pole of the Sky using the Southern Cross The Southern Cross is used to find south. It has five stars. Visualize a line extending from the long axis. You can find south by estimating a distance that is about five times that of the two pointer stars along that line. You can also estimate this distance by using three hand widths as shown in the illustration. South is below the south pole of the sky.

12 Finding the South Pole of the Sky using the Southern Cross You can also imagine a line connecting the two pointer stars. Divide this line in half and then visualize another line extending at 90 o. Extend an imaginary line extending from the long axis of the Southern Cross. The two lines will meet in the approximate position of the south pole of the sky.

13 Longitude Measured east or west of the Prime Meridian

14 The Prime Meridian Reference line for longitude Runs north-south through the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England Established at the International Prime Meridian Conference –October, 1884 in Washington, D.C. –France didn’t adopt it until 1911 The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England

15 Longitude Angular Distance East or West of the Prime Meridian

16 Meridians Half Circles Trend North to South Converge at the poles. –True North is where meridians converge at the north geographic pole/

17 Magnetic North is not the same as True North Magnetic North is the direction in which Earth’s magnetic lines of force converge

18 Magnetic North Magnetic North is not in the same location true north and moves 10 to 40 km per year It’s currently about 1,000 km from the true North Pole, in Hudson Bay, Northern Canada (at 82.7 o N, o W in 2005).

19 Compasses Are Unusable Near the North Pole The horizontal force of the magnetic field –Responsible for the direction in which a compass needle is oriented –Decreases in strength as it approaches the North Magnetic Pole, where it is zero. Close to the pole, an area is reached where the frictional forces in the pivot are comparable to the horizontal forces of the magnetic field. The compass starts to behave erratically –Eventually, as the horizontal force decreases even more, the compass becomes unusable

20 Magnetic Declination The difference in degrees between magnetic north (indicated on a magnetic compass) and true north. Because magnetic north is continually changing, this is good only for the year of the map.

21 Magnetic Declination West Declination East Declination Agonic Line (No Declination)

22 Using Latitude and Longitude to Locate Positions on Earth


24 50 o S, 75 o W Tropic of Capricorn (23.5 o S) Tropic of Cancer (23.5 o N) Equator Prime Meridian

25 Time Zones

26 Earth’s Rotation Earth spins on it’s axis, the imaginary straight line through Earth between the North Pole and the South Pole The axis of rotation is inclined 23 ½ degrees from a perpendicular to the plane of Earth’s orbit.

27 Rate of Earth’s Rotation Rate of Earth’s Rotation Earth makes one complete turn from west to east every 24 hours. Angular Rate of Rotation: One complete rotation is equal to 360 degrees in 24 hours or 15 o /hr.

28 Night Day As you travel west to east, time is later

29 Time Zones of the World Time Zones cover 15 degrees of longitude There is a one hour time change for every 15 degrees (time zone)

30 Standardizing Time Many observations are given in terms of time at the Prime Meridian which is referred to as: –Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) –Zulu Time (Z) –Universal Coordinated Time (UTC)

31 The International Date Line Approximated by the 180 o meridian Adjusted to pass around islands When crossed the calendar date changes –When crossed from west to east One is subtracted from the calendar date –When crossed from east to west One day is added to the calendar date The sun time is unchanged International Date Line Friday Thursday

32 Expressing Time The 24-hour Clock –Begins at midnight and ends 24 hours later –Hours and minutes 7:30 a.m. –07 h 25 m or :15 p.m. – noon –1200

33 What is Noon and Midnight? Noon –1200 hours –p.m. starts after this at 12:00:01 Midnight –0000 hours –a.m. starts after this at 00:00:01

34 Finding Time The difference in Sun Time –15 degrees of longitude corresponds to a time difference of one hour –Take the difference in longitude between two locations and divide by 15 o

35 Example 1 Find the time in Denver if the time at Greenwich is 1400 –Longitude of Greenwich is 0 o –Longitude of Denver is 105 o West –Difference in longitude is 105 o 105 o /15 o = 7 hour time difference –Denver is west so it’s earlier than Greenwich –Time at Denver is 0700

36 Problem (Lab p.6) Location A has a longitude of 135 o W and location B has longitude of 32 o E. If the “Sun” time at A is 1735 (5:35 p.m.) on March 10, what is the “Sun” time and date at location B.

37 Problem (Lab p.6) Step 1 –Determine the smallest difference in longitude between the two locations.* –135 o + 32 o = 167 o 135 o W 32 o W *Traveling west from 135 o would be a difference of 193 o 135 o to 180 o = 45 o and 180 o to 32 o = 148 o 45 o o = 193 o

38 Problem (Lab p.6) Step 2 Find the time difference –Divide the difference in longitude by 15 o 167 o /15 = hours Find how many minutes 0.13 hours represents by multiplying 0.13 by 60 (there are 60 minutes in an hour 0.13h x 60 min = 7.8 (  8 minutes) –The time difference is 11 h 08 m.

39 Problem (Lab p.6) Determine if the time at B is later or earlier than at A –Location B is East of Location A This makes the time a B later than at B Add the time difference to the “Sun” time at A  11h08m (5:35 p.m.)  h takes us to 0435 (4:35 a.m.) and into the next day  Add the additional 8 minutes to 4:35 a.m. The time at B is 04 h 43 m on the next day which is March 11.

40 The Statute Mile One degree of latitude is equal to approximately 69 statute miles –A statute mile is 5,280 feet. The term mile was first used by the Romans (statute mile for land mile). Was about 1,000 paces The term “Mile” is derived from the Latin Words “milia passuum” for 1,000 paces Was defined by an act of Parliament in 1592 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

41 The Nautical Mile 1 arc minute of latitude = 1 nautical mile –One degree = 60 minutes = 60 nautical miles Examples converting latitude to nautical miles...

42 Example 1 10 degrees of latitude = ? Nautical miles 10 o x 60 min = 600 minutes 1 min of lat. = 1 nm (1 min) X = (600 min)(1 nm) = 600 nm 1o1o 600 minX (1 min)

43 Example 2 8 o 30’ (8.5 o ) of latitude = ? Nautical miles 8.5 o x 60 min = 510 minutes Ans. 510 nm 1o1o

44 Converting Statute Miles to Nautical Miles 1 degree of latitude = 69 statute miles (mi s ) Remember that 1 minute = 1 nautical mile (nm) –Therefore: 60 mi n = 69 mi s 1 nautical mile = 1.15 statute miles 60 nm 1nm X = (69 m s ) (1nm) 69 mi s X 60 nm = X = 69 mi s 60 = 1.15 mi s

45 Converting Nautical Miles to Statute Miles 125 nautical miles is equivalent to how many statute miles? 1 nm 125nm X = (1.15 mi s )(125 mn) 1.15 mi s X 1 nm = X = (1.15 mi s )(125) = mi s 125 nautical miles  144 statute miles

46 Converting Statute Miles to Nautical Miles 144 statute miles is equivalent to how many nautical miles? 1 nm X X = (1 nm)(144 m s ) 1.15 mi s 144 mi s 1.15 mi s = X = 144 nm = 125 nm statute miles = 125 nautical miles

47 The Knot Unit used for the speed of a vessel relative to a fluid –Ships in water –Airplanes in air One knot = one nautical mile per hour Abbreviations: –kt (singular) –kts (plural) –kn (Used by the International Hydrographic Organization)

48 Origin of the term “Knot” Until mid 19 th century the “chip log” was used. –A wooden panel, attached to a line was cast over the ship’s stern –Knots placed in the rope, spaced at 47’ 3” passed through a sailor’s hands –Another sailor used a 30 second sand-glass to time the operation –1 knot = inches per second

49 Global Positioning System (GPS)


51 Triangulation using GPS

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