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    Question Lattitude and Longitude.

    Given three distances from a set point and the three corresponding latitudes and longitudes from this point , is it possible to find the latitude and longitude of the point of origin ?
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    Re: Lattitude and Longitude.

    If the three reference points are all on a two-dimensional surface and aren't all on exactly the same line, then yes: this is sufficient to find your origin point. The technical term for the method that you're describing is trilateration.
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    Re: Lattitude and Longitude.

    Thanks for your help ,
    My basic math is ok but as i get older i seem to get more interested in more complex stuff and unfortunately didnt seem to have the same interest when i was younger and it mattered
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    Re: Lattitude and Longitude.

    Is there an equation that is readily available to solve such problems.
    Any help would be much appreciated.
    The problem i am trying to get to the bottom of is one of sporting nature. It involves the distances flown from a racepoint (latitude longitude unknown)
    to three different locations both distance and lat long known for these , I am trying to find the lat long of the race point.
    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by philbrand; November 24th 2011 at 10:43 PM. Reason: additional info
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