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How many numbers are in a GPS coordinate?

Last Updated: 26th January, 2020

WGS84 datum are usually given as coordinates in a fully decimal notation, usually with 5 decimal places, so for latitude (-90 to +90) you could use decimal(7, 5) (-90.00000 to 90.00000), for longitude you could use decimal(8, 5) (-180.00000 to 180.00000). I've always worked with six digits after the decimal.

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Subsequently, one may also ask, how long is a GPS coordinate?

The line of longitude is read as 2 degrees (2°), 10 minutes (10′), 26.5 seconds (12.2”) east. The line of latitude is read as 41 degrees (41), 24.2028 minutes (24.2028) north. The coordinate for the line of latitude represents north of the Equator because it is positive.

Also, what do the numbers in GPS coordinates mean? GPS coordinates are most commonly expressed as latitude and longitude. With the first number indicating latitude, and the second number representing longitude (the minus sign indicates "west"). Being numeric-only, the second means of notation is the most commonly used for inputting positions into GPS devices.

Simply so, what are the different GPS coordinate formats?

Here are examples of formats that work:

  • Degrees, minutes, and seconds (DMS): 41°24'12.2"N 2°10'26.5"E.
  • Degrees and decimal minutes (DMM): 41 24.2028, 2 10.4418.
  • Decimal degrees (DD): 41.40338, 2.17403.

What is the difference between GPS coordinates and latitude and longitude?

GPS (global positioning system) coordinates are usually expressed as the combination of latitude and longitude. Latitude is a measure of degrees of distance from the equator, which is 0 degrees. The north and south poles are at 90 degrees in either direction.

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