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Tool to find the point on the other side of the Earth (Antipodal Coordinates). Two points are said to the antipodes if they are diametrically opposite on a sphere.

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Tool to find the point on the other side of the Earth (Antipodal Coordinates). Two points are said to the antipodes if they are diametrically opposite on a sphere.

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What is an antipodal point?

Two points are called antipodal if they are at two opposite points on a circle or a sphere. They are also said to be diametrically opposed or that they are the most distant points of each other on a spheroid.

Example: On Earth, the north pole and the south pole are antipodes.

Example: The antipodes of France is near New-Zealand.

The Earth is assimilated to a sphere, but in practice a more accurate model would be a spheroid (normal ellipsoid) or a geoid.

How to calculate antipode?

From the coordinates on a sphere, take the opposite value of the latitude (which is to put or remove a minus sign -), and remove or add 180 to the longitude (to keep it in the interval [-180; +180]) for GPS coordinates.

Example: The \( -12.345, 67.890 \) coordinates have for antipode \( 12.345, -112.11 \)

From 3D Cartesian coordinates, take the opposite of each component (x, y, z) ie (-x, -y, -z)

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