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.
Get the coordinates of a place On your computer, open Google Maps. If you’re using Maps in Lite mode, you’ll see a lightning bolt at the bottom and you won’t be able to get the coordinates of a place . Right-click the place or area on the map. Select What’s here? At the bottom, you’ll see a card with the coordinates.
When writing latitude and longitude , write latitude first, followed by a comma, and then longitude . For example, the above lines of latitude and longitude would be written as “15°N, 30°E.”
One measures the distance from the equator, the other from the Prime Meridian. This illustration of Earth is overlaid with a grid of latitude and longitude. 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°
Handy tip: when giving a co-ordinate, latitude (north or south) always precedes longitude (east or west). Latitude and longitude are divided in degrees (°), minutes (‘) and seconds (“). There are 60 minutes in a degree and 60 seconds in a minute (similar to measuring time).
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.
When outlining the coordinates of a location, the line of latitude is always given first followed by the line of longitude. Therefore, the coordinates of this location will be: 10°N latitude, 70°W longitude. The line of latitude is read as 41 degrees (41°), 24 minutes (24′), 12.2 seconds (12.2”) north.
Coordinates are always written in brackets, with the two numbers separated by a comma. 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.
An example would be the equator, which is at zero degrees of latitude . Other important parallels include the Tropic of Cancer (at 23.4 degrees North), the Tropic of Capricorn (at 23.4 degrees South), the Arctic Circle (at 66.5 at degrees North), and the Antarctic Circle (at 66.5 degrees South).
The prime meridian is a geographical reference line that passes through the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, in London, England. It was first established by Sir George Airy in 1851, and by 1884, over two-thirds of all ships and tonnage used it as the reference meridian on their charts and maps.
The 40th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 40 degrees north of the Earth’s equatorial plane. It crosses Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Landmarks on the 37th parallel include Santa Cruz, California; Gilroy, California; Madera, California; Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley; Colorado City , Arizona; the Four Corners at the intersection with the 32nd meridian west from Washington (the only place where four U.S. states meet at a point); Cairo, Illinois;