# Sextant To Minute Converter

(No standard SI unit short form converter)

## Convert Sextant to Minute

 From: Sextant To: Minute

## Unveiling Precision: Convert Sextants to Minutes with Ease

(Last Updated On: 2024-04-01)

Embark on a navigational journey with our Sextant to Minute Converter, crafted by Newtum to deliver precision. Dive into the world of angular measurements, devoid of standard SI units, and stoke your curiosity!

### What are Sextant and Minute

Definition of Sextant

A sextant is a navigational instrument historically used to measure the angle of elevation of celestial objects. Its primary use is for determining latitude and longitude at sea. This tool is essential for celestial navigation, utilizing mirrors to bring the image of a celestial body down to the horizon line, measured in degrees and minutes.

Definition of Minute

A minute is a unit of angular measurement equal to 1/60th of a degree. In timekeeping, a minute is also a unit of time equal to 60 seconds. However, in angular measurements, it represents a much smaller slice of a circle and is critical for precision in fields like astronomy, navigation, and mapping.

### Sextant to Minute Conversion Table

Sextant Reading (degrees) Minutes
0.1° 6 min
0.2° 12 min
0.3° 18 min
0.4° 24 min
0.5° 30 min
0.6° 36 min
0.7° 42 min
0.8° 48 min
0.9° 54 min
1.0° 60 min

#### Conversion of Sextant to Minute

Example 1:
Convert 30° sextant reading to minutes:
30° = 30 × 60 min = 1800 min

Example 2:
Convert 45.5° sextant reading to minutes:
45.5° = 45.5 × 60 min = 2730 min

### History of Sextant and Minute

The Sextant to Minute Converter traces its origins to the age of exploration when navigators relied on sextants for oceanic voyages. By measuring angles between celestial bodies and the horizon, they could calculate their position at sea, translating sextant degrees into navigational minutes for precise readings.

### How to use Sextant to Minute Converter

• Start by locating the sextant reading you wish to convert.
• Enter the reading into the converter's input field designated for sextant degrees.
• Hit the 'Convert' button to initiate the calculation.
• View the result displayed in minutes, ready for your navigational use.

### Real Life Applications of Sextant to Minute

Discover the practicality of the Sextant to Minute Converter, a tool that transforms ancient navigation into modern utility.

• Maritime Navigation: Captains translate sextant readings to minutes for plotting courses.
• Astronomy: Astronomers convert sextant angles to minutes for precise celestial mapping.

### Solved Examples No standard SI unit short form

Example 1: To convert a sextant reading of 12°, simply multiply by 60 to get 720 minutes.

Example 2: A sextant reading of 23.5° equates to 23.5 × 60 = 1410 minutes.

## Frequently Asked Questions

### What is a Sextant to Minute Converter?

It's a tool for converting sextant readings from degrees to navigationally relevant minutes.

### Why convert sextant readings into minutes?

Minutes allow for more precise navigation and mapping calculations.

### Is this converter difficult to use?

No, it's designed for simplicity. Just input the sextant reading and convert.