# What is Azimuth Sensor?

An azimuth refers to the angular measurements that are used in a system that follows a spherical coordinate system. Generally, the azimuth is measured in terms of degrees, which is a measurement that is often applies in astronomy, engineering, mapping, mining, ballistics, and navigation. This means that the vector goes to a point of interest from an observer and  is projected perpendicularly onto a reference plane. The azimuth is located when the angle between the projected vector is linked to a reference vector on the reference plane. For a brief overview of what an azimuth is and what you can do with it, read the article below.

In more basic terms, an azimuth points to the direction of a celestial object from the observer. The observer describes the angular distance from the north or south point of the horizon to the point at which a vertical circle passing through the object intersects the horizon. When an azimuth is utilized as a celestial coordinate, the azimuth is the y plane path that goes toward a star or any other astronomical object in the sky. The point of interest is the star, while the reference plane can be found in the local area. Meanwhile the reference vector is directed towards the true north. The azimuth is the angle between the north vector and the star's vector on the horizontal plane.

It is very common for the azimuths to be found in a system in which north or south can be the zero, and in which the angle can be gauged clockwise or counter-clockwise from the zero. To illustrate this, a bearing would be a good example. A bearing can be painted as being from south with a turn of thirty degrees pointing toward the east. The reference direction always comes first and is either always north or south, while the turning direction is almost always placed at the latter end with a reference toward east or west. The directions are chosen so that the angle, stated between them, is positive, between zero and 90 degrees.

While there are many resources to learn about the azimuth sensor, there are also many navigational tools with which you can easily use for mapping coordination purposes. For more information on that, look to the folks at ASAP Aviation Hub.

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