Get the coordinates of a place On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app. Touch and hold an area of the map that isn’t labeled. You’ll see a red pin appear. You’ll see the coordinates in the search box at the top.
Both longitude and latitude are angles measured with the center of the earth as an origin. A longitude is an angle from the prime merdian, measured to the east ( longitudes to the west are negative). Latitudes measure an angle up from the equator ( latitudes to the south are negative). Figure 1.
The horizontal lines are latitude and the vertical lines are longitude.
If you already know a location’s coordinates, you can use them to search for that location: Open Google Earth. In the Search box in the left-hand panel, enter coordinates using one of these formats: Decimal Degrees: such as 37.7°, -122.2°
Longitude is the angular distance of a place east or west of the meridian at Greenwich, England. For example, New York and Miami have almost exactly the same longitudes: around 80 degrees west. Berlin on the other hand has a longitude of 13 degrees east. Beijing, China, has a longitude of 116 degrees east.
Latitude is an angle (defined below) which ranges from 0° at the Equator to 90° (North or South) at the poles. Lines of constant latitude, or parallels, run east–west as circles parallel to the equator. Latitude is used together with longitude to specify the precise location of features on the surface of the Earth.
Have students look at the U.S. map and find the lines running across and up and down the page. Tell students that the lines running across the page are lines of latitude, and the lines running up and down the page are lines of longitude. Latitude runs 0–90° north and south. Longitude runs 0–180° east and west.
Vertical describes something that rises straight up from a horizontal line or plane. The terms vertical and horizontal often describe directions: a vertical line goes up and down, and a horizontal line goes across. You can remember which direction is vertical by the letter, “v,” which points down.
These lines are known as parallels. A circle of latitude is an imaginary ring linking all points sharing a parallel. The Equator is the line of 0 degrees latitude.
: a line perpendicular to a surface or to another line considered as a base: such as. a: a line perpendicular to the horizon. b: a line parallel to the sides of a page or sheet as distinguished from a horizontal line.
Coordinates are ordered pairs of numbers; the first number number indicates the point on the x axis and the second the point on the y axis. When reading or plotting coordinates you always go across first and then up (a good way to remember this is: ‘across the landing and up the stairs’).
When you see a pair of coordinates and can’t remember whether latitude or longitude comes first, think about alphabetical order to remember. Latitude comes first in alphabetical order and it also is the first coordinate in a set. Longitude is the second coordinate in the set.
How to find coordinates on Google Maps on the mobile app Open the Google Maps app on your iPhone or Android phone. Enter the location, or select and hold to drop a pin on the map of the location you want the coordinates for. Scroll down to find the coordinates. Tap the coordinates to copy to your phone’s clipboard.