Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Finding north question and wandering North Star
Re: Finding north question and wandering North Star
Mon, 7 Jun 1999 08:46:15 -0500
At 07:04 AM 6/7/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Also, the Scouts couldn't find the North Star, so we suggested they
>refer to their handbooks. On page 114, the description of how to do so
>is accurate, but the diagram isn't. In the old handbook, The North Star
>was a tad off. It has wandered further off course in the new handbook.
Probably the inaccuracy is in the illustration, not that the star has moved.
While it does move (at least it appears to move because the Earth wobbles) I
think the change is too gradual to make a difference in our purposes.
What's interesting, though, is the more rapid change in the movement of the
magnetic north pole--about 1 degree in 8 years according to a table I have.
Apparently London hasn't measured 0'0" since 1657. In 1802 it was over 24
degrees west and now appears to be heading back east.
Mark W. Arend
Beaver Dam Community Library
311 N. Spring St. Outside of a dog, a book is
Beaver Dam, Wisc. 53916 man's best friend. Inside of
(920) 887-4631 (fax 887-4633) a dog it's too dark to read.