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Quiz on celestial navigation

1. Write True or False

1. Celestial navigation assumes that the sun is the center of the universe.
2. Rigel, which is one of the stars listed in the nautical almanac, belongs to the Milky
Way galaxy.
3. Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are referred to as superior planets
4. The First Point of Libra is the point where the Sun crosses the equinoctial as it goes
from a northerly to a southerly declination.
5. Declination is a small circle on the celestial sphere parallel to the prime celestial
6. Renewal survey is conducted between the 2nd and 3rd anniversary dates of the DOC.
7. The measured celestial altitude of the body measured by a sextant is its true
8. The MSC is responsible for amendments relating to safety and security
9. A copy of the SMC is kept onboard as well as the company HQ.
10.IMO prepares regulations and is also responsible for implementing them.
11.The GHA of a body is the angle measured between the prime celestial meridian and
the body.
12.ISPS code applies to both ships and the companies operating the ships.
13.Intercept is found by adding or subtracting the calculated and true zenith distances
of the body.
14.Vernal equinox is also known as the First point of Pisces.
15.SOLAS is divided into 11 chapters.
16.The Sun moves along its ecliptic by 1 every 4 minutes.
17.The 1974 SOLAS convention brought about the tacit acceptance procedure.
18.When the observer is at the North Pole, his/her horizon is perpendicular to the
North Pole-South Pole axis.
19.If the body is at the zenith of the observer then is altitude is 0.
20.Ships are required to carry a Minimum Safe Manning Document(MSMD) in
accordance with Chapter IV-Safety of Navigation.
21.A companys Safety Management System is applicable only on its ships.
22.The master has the overriding authority onboard when it comes to safety and
security of his/her vessel.
23.The SSP is developed and approved by the CSO of the company.
24.Stowaways are not considered as threats to maritime security.

25.MOUs are a regional network of PSCs who help to enforce and implement maritime
26.The 1914 SOLAS convention brought about regulations relating to life boat
numbers as well as continuous radio watches.
27.The horizon and index glasses on the sextant are both moveable.
28.The original DOC is supposed to be kept both ashore and onboard.
29.IOPP certificate is a certificate made mandatory by the ISM Code.
30.Ship Security Alert System(SSAS) is required to be installed in any two places on
the ship.
31.The GHA of all 57 stars is listed in the nautical almanac.
32. A celestial body with a southerly declination lies to the south of the equinoctial
33. The sun has maximum declination when it is at the FPA
34. Stars with bigger magnitude numbers are more visible from the earth than stars
with smaller magnitude numbers
35.The maximum longitude of a body on earth is 180 East or west of the equator.
36. The minimum age for a person to work onboard is 18
37. The RO conducts internal audits of ships
38. The azimuth of a body is the distance of the observer from the GP of the body
39.An observers longitude and latitude can be expressed interms of GHA and LHA on
the celestial sphere
40. The equinoctial longitude of a star with a GHA of 210 is 150.
Choose the best answer
1. The angle measured from the equator to the parallel of latitude north or south of the
equator is
a. Longitude
b. Declination
c. GHA d. None
2. The vernal equinox is also called
a. FPA
b. Prime celestial meridian

c. Prime hour circle

d. FPL

3. The four planets used for navigation are

a. Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Earth
b. Mercury, Pluto, Uranus, Mars
c. Jupiter, Mercury, Uranus, Pluto
d. Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn
4. The angle measured eastwards from the celestial meridian to the celestial maerdian
passing through FPA is

a. LHA

b. GHA

c. SHA

d. Longitude

e. None

5. The angle measured between the horiaon of the observer and the body is
a. Zenith distance
b. Altitude
c. Declination
d. Latitude
6. The horizon coordinate system enables the observer to find
a. GP of the body b. Altitude of the body c. Zenith distance
d. All except A
7. If the calculated Zenith distance is smaller than the true zenith distance, the
observer is
a. away from the body
b. at the bodys GP
c. towards the body
d. None
8. If two position circles intersect at two points
a. at the upper intersection point of the two circles
b. at the upper intersection point of the two circles
c between the intersection points of the two circles
d. None
9. If the bodys GP longitude has a westerly value and the observers longitude has an
easterly value, the LHA of the body will be
a. Sum of the longitudes of the GP and observer
b. Difference between the longitudes of the GP and observer
c. the anglr measured westwards from the meridian passing through the body
d. None
10.In the celestial coordinate system the reference points are
a. Greenwich merdian and equator
b. Celestial meridian and parallel of dec.
c. Prime celestial meridian, equinoctial, and meridian passing through vernal
d. Prime celestial meridian and equinoctial