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Question about Google Earth GPS

By learninmypc
Aug 22, 2013
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  1. Might some body be able to tell me the name of the 3rd character (between the 8 & the 5) in this GPS coordinate
    A GPS.JPG
    It looks like a plain circle, but I'm sure it has a name, thank you.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,421   +217

    Degrees, as in degrees, minutes and seconds. The actual name of the symbol is just degree symbol, I think.
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,189   +230

    Thanks, I see you are correct
    degree-symbol.png
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,189   +230

    Ok, how about the other symbols.just curious & thanks.?
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,421   +217

    The other two symbols are (') minutes and (") seconds in that order. N=north and W=west. In the context in which they are being used, they are signifying coordinates in a two dimensional plane.

    Those symbols can also be used as a bearing when combined with a direction. Example, N 38º 57' 33" E. When used in surveying in a metes and bounds legal description, add a distance. N 38º 57' 33" E, 150 feet.

    There are 60 minutes in each degree and 60 seconds in each minute.
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  6. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,189   +230

    Thank you.(y) :D
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,368   +302

    Latitude is a measure of displacement from the Equator: North or South.

    Longitude is a measure of displacement from Greenwich, England: East or West.

    The problem of longitude was finally solved using a known location (Greenwich) and an accurate time piece. Thus, measurements of time (minutes and seconds) became the measurements used for longitude (ignore degrees). As the full circumference of the earth was then measured in degrees, minutes and seconds for longitude, it made sense to use the same measurements for Latitude also.
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,189   +230

    Thank you also. :)
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,368   +302

    Oh, btw; 360 degrews / 24 hrs, says there are 15 degress longitude in every timezone
  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,189   +230

  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,368   +302

    A good reference for Earth Coordinates is in this WiKi which contains the four dominant variations.
     
  12. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,189   +230

    Ok, thanks. Will bookmark it. :)


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