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On many GPS units, you can see which satellites it is currently monitoring, and one some, you can get an idea of what their position in the sky relative to you is. While this doesn't show you exactly what information the GPS unit is using to calculate the position, it does allow you to discount the position's accuracy a bit if the satellites are relatively close to each other, rather than covering a major portion of the visible sky. You can also often get a readout of the "estimated radius of error" for the GPS on that screen—which also gives you an idea of what kind of information the GPS is receiving at any moment.

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