u r on a boat that is crossing the prime meridian. The altitude of Polaris is 50 degrees. Explain how you know the boats location is 50 N, 0?
- Girly BrainsLv 64 weeks ago
Because you just told us that the elevation is 50° North (equator-Polaris) and that we are on the "prime meridian" (0° east-west).
So that's our location: 50 degrees North¹ of zero (the equator) up-and-down-wise (North/South), and at zero (the meridian), right-left wise (East/West).
¹ Because you said Polaris - not the Southern Cross etc. So: Northern hemisphere (not southern).
- Bubba GubbinsLv 72 months ago
In the northern hemisphere, to find your latitude all you have to do is measure the angle between Polaris (the North Star) and the horizon due north from where you are. For example, at Earth's north pole, Polaris is directly overhead, which is 90 degrees above the horizon. At the equator, Polaris is on the horizon, which is 0 degrees. This is your latitude.
BTW, those coordinates would put you In the English Channel, about 20 nautical miles northwest of Fecamp, France.
- it is iLv 42 months ago
I look at the GPS on the radar.
- CBLv 72 months ago
Sure I can, my GPS would tell me.
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- LônLv 72 months ago
YOU...not U....come on!!