There are a few cases where you have to find out the geographic coordinates of a particular location. For example, to calculate exact sunrise and sunset times at a specific location.
Of course, to find out these coordinates you could go to that place and then take the coordinates of your own GPS position. But there is an easier and even more comfortable way by doing it right from your own couch.
How to find the coordinates of any location in the world using Google Maps is described in this article.
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Find the desired position
To get to the coordinates of a desired location, you must first search for the place you are looking for in Google Maps. In this example we want to get the coordinates of the German Reichstag.
If you have your desired location in the map view, you must now click on it with the right mouse button.
The longitude is the number with the "E" behind it. In this case: 13° 22'34.0 "E
The latitude is the number with the "N" behind it. In this case: 52°31'07.5"N
Coordinates can be specified on different systems. Conversion is easily possible using online tools. For example, you can find a simple converter at https://rechneronline.de/geo-koordinaten/.
Have fun with the project
I hope everything worked as described. If not or you have any other questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments. Also, ideas for new projects are always welcome. 🙂
P.S. Many of these projects - especially the hardware projects - cost a lot of time and money. Of course I do this because I enjoy it, but if you appreciate that I share this information with you, I would be happy about a small donation to the coffee box. 🙂