[OSM-dev] Code to find distance with JOSM eastNorth

Jonas Svensson jonass at lysator.liu.se
Wed Jan 10 16:56:12 GMT 2007

I don't think there is much difference to the Haversine formula if 
you apply degrees or radians, what matters most is if your math 
functions uses degrees or radians. See for example 


On 9 Jan 2007 at 23:11, matthew-osm at newtoncomputing.c wrote:

> Hi,
> Similar to Nick's question, but not the same ;-).
> I'm trying to work out how to calculate the great circle distance between two
> nodes in JOSM, preferably using eastNorth coordinates. It seems like it should
> be quite easy - I think eastNorth coords are just angles in radians. Therefore
> it should be calculate the angle between the two nodes, and then multiply my
> 6372797 (radius of earth in metres). However, my maths gets a bit stuck here.
> Searching the Internet seems to imply that I should be using the Haversine
> Formula, but that is for Lat/Lon, not JOSM's eastNorth, from what I can tell.
> Any help would be appreciated!
> Thanks,
> -- 
> Matthew
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