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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

...at least and still be on earth.

I figured out today that Toronto is at latitude 43 42 00 N and longitude 079 25 00 W. Therefore, it's antipode (the very opposite point on the globe) is at 43 42 S and 100 36 E. That location is approximately 1600 km south-west of Perth, Australia in the middle of the Indian ocean.

It'll be a bit difficult for me to get there, given that there is no regular bus service that serves the middle of the Indian Ocean. Maybe some day I'll hire a boat (or, perhaps, Brandon will buy that boat and take me with him).

Anyone else every find out where the exact opposite point on the globe to their home? Anyone ever thought of going, or been?

Greg

P.S. Want to find out the antipode to your city? First, if you don't already know, find the where you are on the earth here: Long and Lat for major cities.

Next, calculate your antipode. Your latitude will be the same, just with the opposite direction (North instead of South). Longitude will be your longitude minus 180. (mine was 79, subtract 180 and you get -101). Drop the minus and switch the direction (for me, switching from W to E), and there you are. (That was confusing, I know).

Finally, go to Mapquest and see where your antipode is. Note that when entering for latitude, enter minus values for south, and when entering for longitude, enter minus values for W.

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I am 600 km West of Perth......Great idea though! And all those years of my Mom telling me that China was the other side of the world! ;)

3. Posted by vilmalotta (Respected Member 95 posts) 11y

This is fun! :)
My antipode is in the Pacific Ocean, west from New Zeland,
quite close to Antartica.

How did you get the distance from Perth... or any other place?

4. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I 'guesstimated' using the miles/kilometer scale in the corner.
Thanks Greg! :)

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

How do you find out where you live?

Someone help me, what's the antipode for Philadelphia, PA?

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

It looks like you are SMACK DAB in the middle of the Indian Ocean! almost an equal distance from the three large land masses (Australia, Africa, and Antarctica) Coolbeanz! ;)

7. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

This seems a tough job for me...not only jeff, but so do I

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Opposite of Melbourne is about 400 km off the coast of the island of Flores in the Azores.

9. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

okay i'd need to hire a boat from Alaska which seems to be the closest for my new destination..

10. Posted by hidi6514 (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y

Mine is some 400 miles to the south east of New Zealand again in the ocean! Does anyones actually hit land?