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geometry as on the surface of a sphere, where "lines" are great circles and any pair of lines must intersect

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### How to calculate a heading on the earths surface?

Given an initial position and a subsequent position, each given by latitude and longitude in the WGS-84 system. How do you determine the heading in degrees clockwise from true north of movement?
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### Area of a spherical triangle

Consider a spherical triangle with vertices $A, B$ and $C$, respectively. How to determine its area? I know the formula: $A = E R^2$, where $R$ is radius of sphere, and $E$ is the excess ...
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### Navigating though the surface of a hypersphere in a computer game

People in StackOverflow seems not so into this theme, so I thought I could have better luck in here. I had the idea of an spaceship game where the world is confined in the surface of an 4-D ...
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### Project point onto line in Latitude/Longitude

Given line AB made from two Latitude/Longitude co-ordinates, and point C, how can I calculate the position of D, which is C projected onto D. Diagram:
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### How to find the distance between a point and line joining two points on a sphere?

How do I calculate the distance between the line joining the two points on a spherical surface and another point on same surface? I have illustrated my problem in the image below. In the above ...
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### Finding the northernmost latitude in a great circle that passes through two points on the sphere

I'm trying to solve the following problem from Smart's Text-Book on Spherical Astronomy (exercise 5 on p.23 of the 6th ed.): $A$ and $B$ are two places on the earth's surface with the same ...
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### How to find the intersection of three spheres (full solutions)?

The three equations of spheres are given $(x-x_{1})^2+(y-y_{1})^2+(z-z_{1})^2=a^2$ $(x-x_{2})^2+(y-y_{2})^2+(z-z_{2})^2=b^2$ $(x-x_{3})^2+(y-y_{3})^2+(z-z_{3})^2=c^2$ How do I find $(x,y,z)$ ...
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### Transforming from one spherical coordinate system to another

I have a set of points on the surface of a sphere specified in one coordinate system (specifically, the equatorial coordinate system), and for each point I need to work on all its neighbouring points ...
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### How to use a Rhumb Line?

I am new to working with coordinate data and figured out the equation I am looking for is the Rhumb Line. I went to go research it and found a lot of equations and I still have no idea where to start. ...
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### What is the metric tensor on the n-sphere (hypersphere)?

I am considering the unit sphere (but an extension to one of radius $r$ would be appreciated) centered at the origin. Any coordinate system will do, though the standard angular one (with 1 radial and ...
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### Elementary arguments concerning the stereographic projection

How does one give a proof that is short; and strictly within the bounds of secondary-school geometry that the stereographic projection is conformal; and maps circles to circles?
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### Proof for spherical polar law of cosine

I'm reading my textbook and for some reason, it does not present the proof for the spherical polar law of cosine which is: $$\cos(a)=\frac{\cos(A)+\cos(B)\cos(C)}{\sin(B) \sin(C)}$$ It does present ...
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### Intersection of two arcs on sphere

I have two arcs on a sphere that are defined as pair of points: (θ₀, φ₀), (θ₁, φ₁). I need to find a point where they intersect, or some indication if they don't. What is important is that they are ...
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### Integration on a sphere

I have an integral at hand which has the form of $$I = \int_{u\in \mathbb{S}^2} f(\mathbf{u}\cdot \mathbf{s}_1) f(\mathbf{u}\cdot \mathbf{s}_2) d\mathbf{u}$$ where $\mathbb{S}^2$ is the unit sphere ...
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### How do you parameterize a sphere so that there are “6 faces”?

I'm trying to parameterize a sphere so it has 6 faces of equal area, like this: But this is the closest I can get (simply jumping $\frac{\pi}{2}$ in $\phi$ azimuth angle for each "slice"). I ...
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### What is the average rotation angle needed to change the color of a sphere?

A sphere is painted in black and white. We are looking in the direction of the center of the sphere and see, in the direction of our vision, a point with a given color. When the sphere is rotated, at ...
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### Area of a Spherical Triangle from Side Lengths

I am currently working on a proof involving finding bounds for the f-vector of a simplicial $3$-complex given an $n$-element point set in $\mathbb{E}^3$, and (for a reason I won't explain) am needing ...
Does a spherical triangle with 2 equal sides necessarily have 2 base angles of size $\pi/2$? The reason I think this is that if we have a triangle $ABC$ and $AB=AC$ (in spherical distance), we could ...
Compute angular length c of the great-circle route between these two cities: Daytona Beach (location A): $29^\circ12'\ N, 81^\circ1' \ W$. Sidi Ifni (location B): \$29^\circ23' \ N. 10^\circ10' \ ...