Spherical geometry is the geometry of the two-dimensional surface of a sphere.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

4
votes
1answer
526 views

Dividing a geographic region

I have a certain geographic region defined by the bottom left and top right coordinates. How can I divide this region into areas of 20x20km. I mean in practial the shape of the earth is not flat it's ...
39
votes
2answers
5k views

How accurate is approximating the Earth as a sphere?

What level of error do I encounter when approximating the earth as a sphere? Specifically, when dealing with the location of points and, for example, the great circle distances between them. Are ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Finding the minimum and maximum distance between an observer and a lat/lon bounding box

I have three points in geographic coordinates (latitude, longitude, altitude). One of the points represents an observer, above the Earth. The other two points define a bounding box. I'd like a ...
1
vote
2answers
995 views

OpenLayers Circle not visible

I'm trying to draw a circle with OpenLayers with a Google Maps Layer. I'm able to transform a simple marker and have it draw at the correct location, but I can't figure out the circle. I'm trying to ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

Find tangent point on circle furthest east or west

There are few ways of articulating my question. It starts with a known circle on a sphere, i.e. a point-radius, and one that does not cover a pole. I would like to calculate the point furthest west ...
7
votes
3answers
5k views

How to find a point half way between two other points?

I'm working on implementing the OSM Mobile Binary format for map data, and because it uses a 16 bit delta for each point along a way, it cannot represent a way if there is a large distance between two ...
5
votes
2answers
187 views

Distortion of equally sized world tiles

My question is related to this: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7927863/location-data-format-for-adehabitat-package I have a relational database with 'world tiles'. Each tile has a side length of ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

ST_Distance versus ST_Distance_Spheroid?

As my client software uses lat/lon coordinates when communicating with my (spherical mercator) postgis database i decided to ST_Transform every geometry to WGS-84. However i noticed that ST_Distance ...
0
votes
2answers
9k views

How to convert lat long to meters using Mercator projection in C#

I have set of lat long values and I want their equivalent in meters using Mercator projection in C#. Can you please post some sample code or api example of some library that does exactly this?
3
votes
2answers
1k views

How do I find the points of intersection between a small circle and a great circle?

I only actually need to intersect a great circle arc i.e. the shortest path between two points, with a given small circle. I found this tutorial for intersecting two great circle arcs, but ...
5
votes
1answer
372 views

Intermediate points on a small circle

I need to interpolate lat/lon points along a small circle, with a given centre and radius. I've successfully used these formulas for great circles. What is the equivalent for small circles?
11
votes
3answers
2k views

Finding most remote spot in Eastern United States?

I have this hunch that I could travel no more than 50 miles from the most remote spot in the Eastern United States (east of the Mississippi River), in the direction of the nearest road, and find a ...
1
vote
1answer
286 views

Lambert cylindrical projection support in PostGis

Does PostGis support Lambert cylindrical projection or is there a way to add support for it? I'm probably searching the wrong terms, but google isn't bringing up anything useful. Any help is ...
8
votes
2answers
10k views

How to convert Distance, Azimuth, Dip to XYZ?

I have an excel spreadsheet with header and survey drill data. Header data contains hole ID, and location coordinates, and the survey data contains related downhole survey with Distance, Azimuth and ...
7
votes
5answers
12k views

Calculate midpoint from a series of latitude and longitude coordinates

I've got a series of longitude and latitude coordinates which represent a building outline e.g. -0.5485381346101759,53.2285150736142 -0.5482220594232723,53.22842450827133 -0.5482298619861881,53....
16
votes
3answers
7k views

Lon/lat transformation

First I should clarify I don't have previous experience with the field, so I don't know the technical terminology. My question is as follows: I have two weather datasets: The first one has the ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

How do I find the intersections of 2 circles on earths surface?

I have the circles' center in lat & long, as well as the radius in meters. How do I find the circles intersections? Edit: EXAMPLE: Circle 1: Center on Earth's surface (43.564627,-116.220524) ...
3
votes
1answer
920 views

XY to Line tool crashing

The problem I'm encountering is simple. I have a shape file of points (about 8 million). They have three XY pairs that I am attempting to create XY lines from for purposes of measuring distance. ...
7
votes
1answer
933 views

How does one calculate an angle in a geographic coordinate system?

Given three points on a line in a geographic coordinate system, how does one calculate the angle formed by these three points? Please, give a general solution but also include system specific ...
5
votes
2answers
5k views

Converting Longitude and Latitude Coordinates to Square Miles?

I have a set of Long and Lat co-ordinates making up a five point polygon which I have converted in excel using the following formula: =((X1*Y2)-(X2*Y1)+(X2*Y3)-(X3*Y2)+(X3*Y4)-(X4*Y3)+(X4*Y5)-(X5*Y4)+...
12
votes
5answers
1k views

Calculating visible sky percentage?

Can anyone explain, as simply as possible, how to calculate the visible sky percentage? I have done a satellite survey and have worked out the height of buildings and the distance between them. ...
5
votes
2answers
358 views

Does the Chamberlin trimetric projection map (some) great circles to straight lines?

I know that, in general, the Chamberlin trimetric projection maps most great circles on the sphere to some sort of non-straight curve on the flat map. But what about the 3 special great circles that ...
45
votes
6answers
15k views

Why is the 'straight line' path across continent so curved?

This is the result of mapping the straight line path from a point in US to Poland using Distance Measurement Tool. Also, planes from Asia to US would travel almost over North Pole. Why is the path ...
22
votes
7answers
38k views

Calculating Latitude/Longitude X miles from point?

I am wanting to find a latitude and longitude point given a bearing, a distance, and a starting latitude and longitude. This appears to be the opposite of this question (Distance between lat/long ...
31
votes
3answers
22k views

Why is law of cosines more preferable than haversine when calculating distance between two latitude-longitude points?

In fact, when Sinnott published the haversine formula, computational precision was limited. Nowadays, JavaScript (and most modern computers & languages) use IEEE 754 64-bit floating-...
14
votes
3answers
6k views

Algorithm to find nearest point

I've a list of a few hundred cities with their latitude/longitude. Given another location (also in lat/long) I need to find the nearest city. As I don't use any GIS, by now the obvious algorithm is ...
5
votes
1answer
8k views

Lat/Lon/Alt to spherical or cartesian coordinates

On my previous question, it was advised I convert lat/lon/altitude to spherical or Cartesian coordinates. I'm not working near the poles and it would be safe to assume a spherical earth. What would be ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Quick way to determine if facing a given lat/lon pair with a heading

I'm looking for a fast way, preferably without trigonometric operations (just multiply, divide, add, sqrt and subtract) to determine if a point is visible. E.g. say I am facing 0 degrees N, I am at 51....
5
votes
1answer
1k views

How to do stereographic projection conversion (w.r.t. changing point of projection)?

Given a stereographic point P1 projected from point P, and given another point Q, I would like to know how to transform P1's coordinates to that of a stereographic point Q1 projected from point Q. ...
7
votes
3answers
484 views

Method to generate points in any projection

I am writing an application in ArcMap to generate a grid of points. These points have a very defined layout and I have worked out an algorithm that works great under a projected coordinate system. ...
55
votes
3answers
76k views

Algorithm for offsetting a latitude/longitude by some amount of meters

I'm looking for an algorithm which when given a latitude and longitude pair and a vector translation in meters in Cartesian coordinates (x,y) would give me a new coordinate. Sort of like a reverse ...