From the grade school playground to late-night drinking conversations, one question has always been a constant topic: “Where would you emerge if you dug a hole straight through the planet?”
Usually, answers like “China” or “America” would be enough to end the discussion. But sometimes, due to either intoxication or inquisitiveness, those one-word responses turn into hour-long conversations about longitudes, latitudes, and each country’s relative location to one other.
Well, fret no more! After years of speculation, someone finally created a website that lets you easily see the other side of your imaginary bottomless pit.
Antipodes Map is a website based on OpenStreet Map which lets you see what place exactly lies on your opposite side in the world. After adding in your current location in the search bar, the site will calculate the antipode (the area diametrically opposite) and will show it to you on the right side of your window.
Of course, the more accurate the information you put in, the better calculations you would receive. You can add in your country, city, and geographical coordinates; but if you want to get really specific, you can input your home address and find out who’s living under you.
Thanks to the site, I was able to find out that should I start digging now, my great-grandchildren would end up somewhere in Brazil. Both maps can be zoomed in and out while featuring geographical coordinates. As a nice touch, the creators mark your location using the icon of the bottom half of a man while the antipode is marked with the top half.
According to the Antipodes Map, finding your antipodal point isn’t as hard as you think. Calculating your antipodal latitude only requires you to swap hemispheres (67° South will become 67° or -67° North, for example). The antipodal longitude, on the other hand, requires you to take your present longitude, subtract it from 180°, and convert it to the opposite hemisphere (80° East will become 100° West).
You can do all this math yourself, but you’ll still have to look up the coordinates online or on a map. So, it is best to just use the Antipodes Map website to save you time and trouble in satisfying your curiousity.
Apart from calculating your antipode point, the site also has some neat bits of information. If you’re too lazy to input other countries into the search tab, you can find a nifty table of antipode cities which you can use to impress your friends (turns out Argentina is the antipode country of China, not the United States).
You can also find more information about how longitudes, latitudes, and antipodes correlate with each other. This will also offer you the creators’ coordinates converter which serves as the basis for the whole website.