I have this coordinates 52.3545362,4.7638767 which I got from a Google Maps search of Amsterdam.



Is there a formula I can use to get the coordinates if I were to move one meter from my current coordinates in any direction for instance,

What would be the new coordinates if I moved 1 meter westwards from the coordinate 52.3545362,4.7638767

If there is a way I can do this along known routes, it would be an added bonus.

  • That's more of a cartesian plane if i am not wrong. Does what she is showing apply in a radar if i wanted to calculate probable next point
    – Gandalf
    Nov 2, 2019 at 20:14
  • There are many ways, for example: Turf.js library turfjs.org, online sites like geo.javawa.nl/coordcalc/index_en.html, doing your own calculation with formulas geomidpoint.com/destination/calculation.html
    – TomazicM
    Nov 2, 2019 at 20:39
  • Awesome. I shall have a look. I wish turfjs could be a py implementation.
    – Gandalf
    Nov 2, 2019 at 20:48
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    One meter is a tiny distance, only 0.9e-05 degrees to the north or south, and probably not more than 2.5e-05 east/west. The formal name to your task is the Forward (or Direct) Problem of Geodesy. Velocity is not part of the problem, only lat, lon, bearing, and distance.
    – Vince
    Nov 3, 2019 at 2:37
  • Thanks @Vince the Forward (or Direct) Problem of Geodesy is new term. Thanks for sharing.
    – Gandalf
    Nov 3, 2019 at 15:36

1 Answer 1


I found a Python library that does what I want

def destination(point, distance, bearing):


but as for now it doesnt have asynio support.

For a plain Python function adapted from here http://www.movable-type.co.uk/scripts/latlong.html

R = ... Radius of earth ...
def great_circle_destination(lon1, lat1, bearing, dist):
    lat2 = math.asin( math.sin(lat1)*math.cos(dist/R) + 
          math.cos(lat1)*math.sin(dist/R)*math.cos(bearing) )
    lon2 = lon1 + math.atan2(math.sin(bearing)*math.sin(dist/R)*math.cos(lat1), 
    return lon2, lat2

Thanks to Ryan: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/18580414/great-circle-destination-formula-for-python

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