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Distance applet


To get the straight-line distance between two points on the Earth's surface, enter the latitude and longitude of each point, or choose a location from the pull-down menus.  Tern Island is at the top of those menus.  Be sure to get the N, S, E, and W correct.   Tern Island is in the Northern and Western Hemispheres, so its latitude has an N and a W.  If one of our albatrosses crosses the Equator, then its latitude will have an S because it will be in the Southern Hemisphere.  If a bird crosses the International Date Line at 180o, then its longitude will have an E because it will be in the Eastern Hemisphere.

This calculator uses the Great Circle Formula.  Try comparing the result with what you get using the Pythagorean Theorem.  Instructions for that are in Ideas 4 U.

Jeff Muday made the Flight Distance Calculator.  Thanks Jeff!


This page was last updated on March 02, 1998 09:30 AM