The measurement and representation of the Earth, its shape and gravitational field, distances on the Earth, and coordinate systems for locating points on it including longitude and latitude.

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Circle-circle intersection on a spheroid

Does anybody have formulae to solve the following issue. If you have two circles, defined by their two centres, and a radius for each circle. Where (if the circles intersect) are the two points ...
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Find Latitude of point given Longitude and Great Circle orientation

Given the orientation of a great circle as the cartesian components of the normal vector $(a,b,c)$ to its plane, i.e. all points on the circle described in Earth-Centered Earth-Fixed (ECEF) ...
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What property does this equation calculate?

It's pretty difficult to Google for the meaning of a formula. This is the equation, it has to do with ellipses and GIS coordinates. $$\nu =\frac{ a} {\sqrt{(1 - (e^2 \cdot \sin(\varphi))^2)}}$$ $a$ ...
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Solving geodesic problems with Euler-Lagrange equation

This is the question: Problem B.1 Two cities - Tel-Aviv, Israel and SanDiego, CA - have the same latitude 32 ◦ N, but, different longitudes: Tel-Aviv is 34 ◦ E and San-Diego is 117 ◦ W. What is the ...
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Drawing a Great Circle between two given points on Earth

I need to draw a great circle arc between two latitude and longitude points. For sake of example we will use the coordinates for LAX and JFK. JFK is 40.64°N / 73.78°W LAX is 33.94°N / 118.41°W ...
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Latitude Drift using Vincenty Direct Formula

I am impostor here, and am by no means mathematically literate, so please bare with me. I have posted a software question on StackOverflow, regarding an unexpected drift in latitude using Vincenty's ...
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Calculate a point on a geodesic line on an ellipsoid

I have a problem which i don't understand how to achieve. Maybe someone could sheed some light on it. Have a look at this picture: What I try to achieve is to determine the point D on the geodesic ...
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Using azimuthal and polar angles in ECEF coordinate system

I have a physical cone, which its vertex located in some point (x,y,z) in ECEF coordinates, and I want to check if another point is inside this cone. In order to do it, I have to take into ...
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Translation matrix in spherical coordinates system

I'm using WorldWind software to draw segments (polyline) on the globe to materialize an aircraft flightplan. Each point in a flightplan is named waypoint. Waypoints are expressed in geographical ...
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How do I compute uncertainties in the positions transformed using Helmert transformation?

I am familiar with Python, MATLAB and Mathematica. My data is given by Cartesian coordinates (positions in X,Y,Z (meters), standard deviations XX, YY, ZZ (meters) and a correlation matrix (XY, YZ, ...
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Spherical coordinates and the Law of Cosines

I have one question on my project. I am assuming earth is a perfect sphere. How can I get from the Law of Cosines $$\cos(c)=\cos(\operatorname{lat} A)\cos(\operatorname{lat} ...
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Distance on a 3-sphere

The arc-length $l$ between two points on on a 2-sphere of radius $R$ is given by $l=R\theta $ where $\theta$ is the subtended angle. I can rewrite this in terms of the euclidean distance $d$ between ...
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Maximum latitude of a great circle

1 - I am trying to figure out the longitude at which a geodetic great circle reaches its apex. (I have a point and the azimuth at that point identifying the circle) I have found a good resource that ...