Sunday, June 11, 2017

Digging to China. Find your AntiPode

Finding the location on the exact point on the globe (antipode) from your location is easy. Although if you live in the USA you might get wet traveling there. 

To locate the antipode of a given location on the Earth, you must first look up the location's longitude and latitude. Each degree of latitude is approximately 111 kilometers (69 miles), but degrees of longitude vary with latitude -- at 45 degrees latitude, each one is about 79 kilometers (49 miles). Expressing the coordinates in degrees and minutes narrows the location to the nearest 1.6 kilometers (1 mile), and expressing them in seconds narrows it to the nearest 30 meters (100 feet). The latitude of the antipode has the same value but the opposite sign, because it's in the opposite hemisphere. The antipodal meridian is 180 degrees away. But not to worry, modern technology has made this process much simpler: Just follow the link and go to the map of the world and double click on your location and there it is.   Map for finding your Antipode Oops, it ain't China!

Sometime, the crap I think about scares me.  Seen to many sunrises and sunsets----more of the latter, as I often slept in.

1 comment:

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Scares you? How do you think we feel?

Although, when in school I did get into it with some teachers about the Earth spinning in a counter clock wise direction. Not if you look from the south pole.