Nautical Almanac Office

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H.M. Nautical Almanac Office
Office overview
Formed1765–current
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty Building
Whitehall
London
Parent OfficeUnited Kingdom Hydrographic Office

The Nautical Almanac Office or formally Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office (HMNAO), is now part of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office it was first created in 1765 a formal office was the established in 1832. It produces astronomical data for a wide range of users such as the Royal Navy.


History

The Nautical Almanac was first published in 1767 a Nautical Almanac Office was then establsiehd in 1832 on the site of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich (ROG). HMNAO produces astronomical data for a wide range of users, such as astronomers, mariners, aviators, surveyors, the military, Police, lawyers, religious groups, architects, schools, diary and calendar manufacturers, photographers and film crews.

In 1937, it became part of ROG and moved with it, when it moved away from Greenwich (and was renamed the Royal Greenwich Observatory) first to Herstmonceux Castle, near Hailsham in East Sussex in 1948, then to Cambridge in 1990. When the RGO closed in 1998 HMNAO was transferred to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, near Abingdon in Oxfordshire. In December 2006, HMNAO was transferred to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, which is based in Taunton in Somerset.

Office Heads

Superintendent of the Nautical Almanac

Head of HM Nautical Almanac Office

  • Andrew T. Sinclair (1996–1998).[12]
  • Patrick T. Wallace (1998–2006).[13]
  • Stephen A. Bell (2006–present).[14]

Footnotes

  1. "The Nautical Almanac & Its Superintendents". astro.ukho.gov.uk. UK Hydrographic Office. 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  2. UK Hydrographic Office. 2016.
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  12. UK Hydrographic Office. 2016.
  13. UK Hydrographic Office. 2016.
  14. UK Hydrographic Office. 2016.

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