The Nautical Almanac contains astronomical information to support bridge crews in routine and emergency celestial navigation, as well as the calculation of daylight hours and mandatory gyro checks. It is carried on every ship within the Royal Navy and is at the core of celestial navigational training courses worldwide.
The Nautical Almanac includes:
Tabulations of the Sun, Moon, navigational planets and stars to help determine positions at sea when using a sextant
Times of sunrise, sunset, twilights, moonrise and moonset, phases of the Moon and eclipses of the Sun and Moon to help bridge crews plan observations
Interpolation and altitude correction tables, pole star tables and diagrams, and notes for the identification of stars and planets
Information on standard times for countries around the world
A concise set of sight reduction tables and sight reduction forms
Also available as an e-Nautical Publication
In addition to paper format, the ADMIRALTY Nautical Almanac is available as an e-Nautical Publication (e-NP). e-NPs bring improved efficiency, accuracy and access to information bridge crews need through electronic NM updates and simple search functionality.
Find out more about e-NPs here