I've been trying to figure this out, but have come up with nothing. I have this code:

var lat = 7486473; 
var lon = 4193332;
var lonlat = new OpenLayers.LonLat(lon, lat);

It uses floats for the lat/lon values. My issue is I don't know how to convert regular latitude/longitude coordinates into these numbers. I've searched for the answer, but I haven't been able to make sense of anything since I'm pretty new to GIS as this isn't my field.

The location given represents Moscow. 55.7500° N, 37.6167° E Moscow, Coordinates

  • Hi. Welcome to GIS! I'm not quite sure I understand the question? Could you try and rephrase your problem?
    – Guy
    Jun 26, 2015 at 20:49
  • Do you know what location this is supposed to be? With that information, we might be able to suggest some possible coordinate reference systems (ex. if in Russia, might be 3857).
    – mkennedy
    Jun 26, 2015 at 22:41
  • Yes. It's supposed to be Moscow. Lat: 55.7500, Lon: 37.6167.
    – blutuu
    Jun 28, 2015 at 12:11

2 Answers 2


The lat/lon-Values 7486473 / 4193332 are pretty sure EPSG 3857 values which you need if you want to display your data on top of 3rd-party Background-Layers like Google or OSM.

Your other values 55.7500 / 37.6167 are in EPSG 4326. so they need to be reprojected to get their EPSG3857-Values.

You can transform them as @Joys mentioned or copy them from the map on epsg.io http://epsg.io/3857/map

To get an better idea of what needs to be transformed and what doesn't, just have a look at my jsfiddle:



you can use something like this:

var newlonLat = new OpenLayers.LonLat(lon, lat).transform(map.getProjectionObject() , new OpenLayers.Projection("EPSG:4326"));

.transform( From projection, To projection)

But first you need to know what projection you want, in the example is EPSG:4326

References: Openlayers DOC

  • Would this help me transform this " Lat: 55.7500, Lon: 37.6167" into floats?
    – blutuu
    Jun 28, 2015 at 12:13

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