Haversine Formula – Calculate geographic distance on earth. If you have two different latitude – longitude values of two different point on earth, then with the help of **Haversine Formula**, you can easily compute the great-circle distance (The shortest distance between two points on the surface of a Sphere). The term Haversine was coined by Prof. James Inman in 1835. **Haversine is very popular and frequently used formula** when developing a GIS (Geographic Information System) application or analyzing path and fields.

**Haversine formula:**

Central angle Haversine can be computed, between two points with **r** as radius of earth, **d** as the distance between two points, is **latitude** of two points and is **longitude** of two points respectively, as:

**Law of Haversine:**

To derive law of Haversine one needs to start the calculation with spherical law of cosine i.e **cos a = cos b * cos c + sin b * sin c * cos A**

One can derive Haversine formula to calculate distance between two as:

**a = sin²(ΔlatDifference/2) + cos(lat1).cos(lt2).sin²(ΔlonDifference/2)
c = 2.atan2(√a, √(1−a))
d = R.c **

where,

**ΔlatDifference** = lat1 – lat2 (difference of latitude)

**ΔlonDifference** = lon1 – lon2 (difference of longitude)

**R** is radius of earth i.e **6371 KM or 3961 miles**

and **d** is the distance computed between two points.

**Here is the example result delivered by Haversine Formula:**

Lets take one of latitude-longitude for calculation distance,

**NEBRASKA, USA** (Latitude : 41.507483, longitude : -99.436554) and

**KANSAS, USA** (Latitude : 38.504048, Longitude : -98.315949)

Do compute the distance with the above written formula. Your answer would be **347.3 Km(kilo-meter). **The snapshot demonstrate the same result with map below.

- You can also find the Tool to calculate the distance between two points on earth and display on Google map.
- Also do see the tutorial for how to make your own customization Google map.
- You can also check for JavaScript code for Haversine formula.
- Google Map Straight line distance calculation feature

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