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Issue No. 03 - July-September (2003 vol. 25)
ISSN: 1058-6180
pp: 48-61
Mary Croarken , University of Warwick
<p>The question of how to accurately find longitude at sea was hotly debated in the mid-1700s. This article describes the lunar distance method, promoted by Nevil Maskelyne, the British Astronomer Royal. In 1767, Maskelyne began publishing the Nautical Almanac, which contained astronomical tables prepared by a small network of human computers during the period 1765-1809. This article will describe the computing system Maskelyne created to compute the necessary tables.</p>
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