# Tagged Questions

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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### Seasonal changes in hours of daylight

I will post my own answer to this question unless someone else posts the same answer first, but I am curious to know what other points of view might lead to different ways of answering it. ...
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### What is the geodesic between a point and a line (geodesic between two points) on an oblate spheroid?

I found a similiar question that also asks for the distance from a point to a line but works on a sphere. Now I'm trying to figure out the length of the geodesic line ...
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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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### Convert LLA (long, lat, alt) to flat earth model

I would like to divide the globe into 1000 $\times$ 1000 meter geodesic squares, and then map any long / lat to the applicable square. The altitude of each block would be the altitude of the earth at ...
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### How much extra sea water is needed?

We might call this the “Noah's Ark” calculation, but in the movie Waterworld (1995) they have the icecaps melting and take poetic license making the ~$220$ feet or so of sea water (one estimate I've ...
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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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### How to find a (longitude, latitude) point on a circle when given only the center (longitude, latitude) point and radius measured in Feet

How do I find a (longitude, latitude) point (any will do) on a circle where the only info I have is a (longitude, latitude) center point, and a radius measured in Feet (ft.)?
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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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### 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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### 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 ...