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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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-...
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Calculate distortion outside a UTM zone

One of my colleagues is working with data that is spread across two UTM zone. The majority of the data is in one zone, with a few outliers in another zone. He would like to know what the area ...
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How to calculate the intersection of 2 Circles?

I'm trying to figure out how to mathematically derive the common points of two intersecting circles on earth's surface given a center Lat/Lon and a radius for each point. Ex. Given: Lat/Lon (37....
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Local Coordinate to Geocentric

The ultimate question, I need a transformation matrix to take a point in local space representing a roughly 500m x 500m place in New Mexico centered at -108.619987456 long 36.234600064 lat. The final ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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How to visualize azimuthal data with uncertainties?

I am trying to make a figure showing azimuthal data with a different range of uncertainties at each point. This oldschool figure from a 1991 paper captures the "bowtie plot" idea that I'm aiming for: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Identify the latitudinal and longitudinal point directly beneath an object in space

Given the azimuth and altitude / latitude and longitude from the observer to the satellite, how can I accurately find the latitude and longitude of the point of intersection directly under the ...
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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 ...
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What is the approximate error of the Pythagorean Theorem vs. Haversine Formula in measuring distances on a sphere at various scales?

Many people when first trying to calculate distances between two longitude / latitude pairs ask if Pythagorean theorem works as an appropriate distance function. Most often people answer "no, the ...
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Great-circle lines in Equirectangular projection

Just to check that I'm on the right track: Are all great-circles on the sphere and in equirectangular projection (i.e. latitude, longitude pairs) either: meridians (i.e. going pole to pole) of the ...
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How to calculate area of 1 x 1 degree cells in a raster

I have a simple array (not geo-referenced in any way) in Matlab (which is not a language I know a huge amount about...so I can export it to other languages if needed) which has the dimensions 180 x ...
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Variation of algorithms to find point from another point with bearing and distance

There are several algorithms to calculate distance between two latitude/longitude points. Haversine Hubeny Lambert-Andoyer Vincenty's formulae for inverse problem But there are not so many ...
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Formula for coordinates (lat, lon), azimuth and distance.

I would like to know how to find a set of coordinates on a small circle some distance from another point. For example, lets say A = (39.73, -104.98) #Denver B = (39.83, -106.06) #point ...
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Calculating longitude length in miles?

Suppose I have geographic coordinates of "Saratoga, California, USA" as Latitude: 37°15.8298′ N Longitude: 122° 1.3806′ W I know from here that in case of latitude 1° ≈ 69 miles and that ...
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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 ...
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Point to Line Calculations

We are looking to take a point and compare it against the nearest point to an adjacent line. All values are in lat/long. We tried using some of the concept found on the board but found it did not ...
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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 ...
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Calculating a spherical polygon centroid

I'd like a general way to calculate centroids for polygons on a sphere. So far, the best online reference appears to be: Tools for Graphics and Shapes by Jeff Jenness. The method described ...
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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 ...
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Moving object of fixed dimension without distortion

I am trying to move a polygon object in a shapefile to a new location. I will perform an offset so that the process can be automated by shifting the object to a new geographic coordinate or moved by ...
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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)+...
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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 ...
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Equations to convert from global cartesian coordinates to geographic coordinates

First, I needed to convert geographic coordinates (like those received from GPS) to global cartesian coordinates. I found an earlier question (How do I calculate a xyz-position of a gps-position ...
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Intersection between a ray from lat, lon, alt, with pan, tilt and earth's surface

I have a problem that consists of finding the intersection point between a ray from a given lat, lon, alt, that is looking to a given pan and tilt angles and the earth's surface. I need the lat, lon ...
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Given a line on the earth's surface, how do I plot a line perpendicular to it?

Given a line on the earth's surface, how do I plot a line perpendicular to it? Apologies if this is a very simple question. I thought this would be a straightforward task, but it is proving counter-...
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Map projection lat, lon to pixel?

I'm trying to find the concave hull of a lat, lon pointset but when I project my points on my map it doesn't look like expected. I've tried a lineare projection and a spherical projection. My data is ...
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Point sampling along a pole-wrapping coastline with PostGIS

I am working on a task that requires me to get sample points every 1000 km along coastlines, and have run into a problem with Antarctica. From what I can tell, it seems to be an issue with the use of ...
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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....
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Bearing/Course/Heading in WGS84 ellipsoid model

There is a common formula for computing the initial bearing for a course from lat1, lon1 to lat2, lon2. (And yes, I'm aware that the course will change when traveling). atan2( sin(lon2-lon1) * cos(...
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Line intersection with circle on a sphere (globe or earth)

How can I find the intersection point of a line and a circle on a sphere (on earth) Please, if any one knows a good solution help. Thanks in response :)
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After how much distance does the x,y coordinate system become noticeably distorted?

I'm working with maritime sensors that give information of moving objects it detects, in azimuth, range and elevation, and we convert it to x,y coordinates for our application to be able to process it....
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Transforming regular lat/lon to rotated lat/lon?

I am currently working with climate data projected in a rotated lat/lon grid and came across this excellent 'cookbook' by mkadunc on how to manually transform rotated lat/lon to regular lat/lon: gis....
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Find Perpendicular Distance and Minimum Perpendicular Vector between a Point and a Line using GeoTools and JTS

I have a line formed by 2 lat/lon pairs, and the lat/lon of a point. I would like to find out the perpendicular distance between the line and the point on the Earth surface (can assume Earth as great ...
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How do I represent the whole Earth as a Polygon?

This is related to determining the interior of a Polygon. My difficulty is that if I specify a Polygon covering the Earth going from East to West, it will still have a boundary along the antemeridian,...
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What is a delta in lat/lon called?

What is the delta between two lat/lon pairs called? Delta degrees? Arcs? Is it some quantity of distance but what is its unit of measurement? And related: Can we use pythagoras to calculate this ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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How to calculate midpoint given north/south latitude and east/west longitude?

First, sorry if this questions sound very simple. I am very new to GIS. Given four values of north/south latitude, east/west longitude how to calculate the center point that is correct for all cases ...
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Proof of part of haversine formula?

I'm trying to study how to find the distance between two points if their latitudes and longitudes are given. I have a question about the proof of part of the haversine formula given at Math Forum. ...
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How to compute distance between 4500 points fast?

I am working on a location problem with 150 customers (points) and 30 facilities (points). I have determined the location of any customer and facility by google earth and then saved them in a KMZ file....
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Specifying a bounding rectangle using Google's S2 package for spherical geometry [duplicate]

This is my first post on GIS, I hope it is not too trivial a question. I work on a project on Google AppEngine, which is backed by a NoSQL datastore. This makes a proximity filter different from ...
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How to approximate point to segment distance on sphere?

I would like to approximate the distance of a line segment from a reference point on the map (coordinates are gives as lat/lon). In the Cartesian coordinate system I would simply find the closest ...
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Defining a line from geographic coordinate points.

On a flat surface we can define any point on line which passes from point1 (x1,y1) to point2 (x2,y2) via simple trigonometry. How can we do that with latitude and longitude of 2 points? Imagine we ...