Back to the Future: Celestial Navigation for Ocean Positioning

For our January lecture, Master Mariner and nautical science lecturer Bill Kavanagh will explain how traditional methods were used to obtain a ship’s position by observing astronomical objects, and how such methods are being used again today in an era of global navigation satellite systems. 

Bill is a committee member of Cork Astronomy Club. Captain Bill Kavanagh MA, FNI to give him his full title, lectures in the National Maritime College of Ireland at Ringskiddy. After a 20-year career at sea including 8 years in command, he moved ashore to start a new career in education and training. He currently lectures and co-ordinates the award year of the BSc honours degree in nautical science, and is an adjunct lecturer in research methods with Jade University of Applied Sciences, Oldenberg, Germany. While at sea, he navigated the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans using celestial navigation techniques.

This lecture is open to the general public