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### Regions on a sphere that avoid a fixed point set

Let $P$ be a finite set of points on a unit-radius sphere $S$
in $\mathbb{R}^3$.
Treat $P$ as a fixed pattern that can be rigidly slid
around $S$ as a unit (no reflection).
Let $R$ be a subset of ...

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### Numerical integration error bounds on the unit sphere

A sequence of points $x_1,x_2,\dots$ on the unit sphere $S^{D-1}$ is said to be uniformly distributed if
\begin{align}
\lim_{N \rightarrow \infty} \frac{1}{N} \sum_{j=1}^N f(x_j) = \int_{x \in ...

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### Is there any counterpart to Thales' semicircle theorem in higher dimensions?

It was established by TMA, @WillSawin, and @DouglasZare, in their responses to
the MO question,
"Thales' semicircle theorem in higher dimensions,"
that the natural generalization of Thales' semicircle ...

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### Analytical value for the first eigenvalue of a certain spherical triangle

I am testing some numerical algorithms for computing the Laplace-Beltrami eigenvalues on the sphere. One thing that came up was computing the first eigenvalue of the "equilateral" spherical triangle ...

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### Determining orientation of spherical polygons

Does anyone have a general algorithm for determining the orientation (CW/CCW) of a spherical polygon? Polygon orientation is an easy problem in cartesian space, but much tricker on the sphere. I'm ...

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### Regular paths along surface of sphere

I'm trying to create a program where a small ball is supposed to move along the surface of a sphere, which is given by its radius $r$ and the center $c$.
The movement should be repetitive, so that ...

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### Formula for the Perimeter of a spherical triangle?

Consider the ordinary sphere $\mathbb{S}^2\subset \mathbb{R}^3$ and a spherical triangle $T\subset \mathbb{S}^2.$ I'm looking for a formula from which the perimeter $P$ of $T$ is "computable" given ...

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### Randall Munroe's Lost Immortals

In Randall Munroe's book What If?, the "Lost Immortals" question asks:
If two immortal people were placed on opposite sides of an uninhabited Earthlike planet, how long would it take them to find ...

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### what-if.xkcd.com: stabbing (simply connected) regions on the 2-sphere with few geodesics

In the latest what-if Randall Munroe ask for the smallest number of geodesics that intersect all regions of a map. The following shows that five paths of satellites suffice to cover the 50 states of ...

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### Calculate GPS coordinates at x meters [closed]

I want to calculate a pair of GPS coordinates(lat,long) that is at x meters N/S/E/W from a known point (lat_old,long_old).
I have found the Haversine formula
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### why most of the angles are right

The Coxeter–Dynkin diagrams tell us that in a spherical Coxeter simplex most of the dihedral angles are right. Say among $\tfrac{n{\cdot}(n+1)}2$ dihedral angles we can have at most $n$ angles which ...

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### Is SL_n/S(GL_k x GL_n-k) symmetric?

Background: a symmetric variety is a homogeneous space $G/H$ associated to an involution $\theta$ of a semisimple algebraic group $G$ and $\{g | \theta(g) = g\} = G^\theta \subset H \subset ...

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### Any reference to an algorithm for finding the largest empty circle on a sphere (with great-circle distance)?

Given a set $S$ of 2D points in the plane, there are known algorithms for finding the largest empty circle ($LEC$) of the set of points.
The $LEC$ problem is stated in this way: find a $LEC$ whose ...

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### Triangle area on surfaces of constant curvature

I am looking for an elementary derivation of the formula for the area of a geodesic triangle lying in a surface of constant curvature $\kappa$, depending on the angles and side length.
Of course, the ...

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### Deriving the Mercator projection algorithm

The standard model of Mercator projection shows a cylinder wrapped around a spherical earth eg Wiki.
Many sites describe the resulting square map like this:
"...spherical Mercator maps use an extent ...

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### A conjecture on Moebius transformation

Conjecture. If $n>1$ and $f$ is a mapping from $S^n$ to $S^n$ which maps circles into (instead of onto) circles, and whose range has n+3 distinct points any n+2 of which are in general position (in ...

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### A Problem about spherical transformation (circle mapping)

Problem: Suppose that $f:S^n\to S^n$ is a mapping from the n-dimensional sphere ($n\geq 3$) into itself which maps circles into (instead of onto) circles. Can we say that f maps (n-1)-dimensional ...

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### Convex cones and self-duality

Consider the Euclidian space $E_n={\mathbb R}^n$, with standard scalar product
$$x\cdot y=x_1y_1+\cdots+x_ny_n.$$
A closed convex cone $\Gamma\subset E_n$ defines an order by $y\ge x$ iff ...

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### spherical orthoscheme content above 4 dimensions

I know how to compute the content of orthoschemes in 3- and 4-dimensional spherical space from dihedral angles using Schlafli series computations. Can anyone direct me to a textbook description of the ...

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### Actions on Sⁿ with quotient Sⁿ

What is known about isometric actions on $\mathbb S^n$ such that the quotient space is homeomorphic to $\mathbb S^n$?
Comments.
I am mostly interested in (maybe trivial) properties of such ...

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### The Area of Spherical Polygons

I am interested in finding a canonical general expression for the area of a spherical polygon in $\mathbb{S}^2$ knowing the side lengths of the polygon and a bound on the internal angles (we can ...

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### Place n telescopes on a sphere in R^d to see the whole sky

Where would one put $n$ telescopes on the surface of the earth
to see the whole sky as well as possible ?
Use the cosine metric to define how well we can see in direction $x$:
$ \qquad \text{cansee}( ...

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### How does duality of symmetric spaces explain the hyperbolic cosine theorem?

There is a well-known duality between compact symmetric spaces and symmetric spaces of noncompact type. Basically it goes as follows: If $G/K$ is a symmetric space of noncompact type, $g=k+p$ the ...

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### Geometry of the Hilbert sphere

Let $X$ be the unit sphere in $\ell^2$, i.e. $X=\{x\in\ell^2: \|x\|=1\}$. Let the metric on $X$ be the geodesic metric, i.e. $d(x,y)=\cos^{-1}\langle x,y\rangle$. Call a set a ball-intersection if ...

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### Covering a sphere using reflections of an intersection of three lunes

I have been trying to figure this problem out for a while, and while I believe someone must have figured it out hundreds of years ago, I still can't quite get it.
Suppose we have a 3-dimensional ...

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### Extension of a homeomorphism

Does every homeomorphism of the unit sphere S^n, n=2, has diffeomorphic extension to the unit ball. I am indeed interesten about the reference of the following problem:
I need a given homeomorphism ...

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### For which $b$ it is possible that $S^n$ can have a Lorentz metric? Why?

It is possible that on a sphere $S^n$ there is a natural Riemannian metric in $R^(n+1)$. But it is not always possible for pseudo Riemann metric since the sum of two symmetric matrix which are not ...

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### Probability of a Point on a Unit Sphere lying within a Cube

Suppose we have a (n-1 dimensional) Unit Sphere centered at the origin: $$ \sum_{i=1}^{n}{x_i}^2 = 1$$
What is the probability that a randomly selected point on the sphere, $ (x_1,x_2,x_3,...,x_n)$, ...

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### Plotting path between sphere or ellipsoid points?

Hi, my apologies if this is not the right place to ask this- I am not a mathematician (I'm a software engineer) and Im working on some 3D applications.
My situation is this- given an origin of 0,0,0 ...

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### how to construct a spherical dodecahedron?

using only a spherical ruler (to construct great lines) and a pair of compasses, how can you construct a regular dodecahedron on the surface of the sphere? thank you very much.

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### Packing twelve spherical caps to maximize tangencies

Suppose that $v_i$, for $i \in \{1, 2, \ldots 11, 12\}$, are twelve unit length vectors
based at the origin in $R^3$. Suppose that $|v_i - v_j| \geq 1$ for all $i
\neq j$. What arrangement of ...

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### Is there a generalisation of the “sunflower spiral” to higher dimensions?

There is a well known pattern that turns up in nature involving the golden ratio $\phi = \frac{\sqrt{5}-1}{2}$.
To get this "sunflower spiral" pattern, put the $k$th node at an angle of $2\pi \phi ...

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### Intersection of two rhumb line segments

Short Version:
How would one find the point of intersection of two rhumb line segments defined by two pairs of points on the globe? Assumptions such as a spherical Earth and following the ...

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### Find the subset of a line on a sphere “far” from a set of points on the sphere.

I have some code where the "hot part" relies on an inefficient solution to this problem.
Problem: I have 3 inputs:
a. A collection of N points on the surface of a sphere.
b. A line segment on the ...

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### Tetrahedra with prescribed face angles

I am looking for an analogue for the following 2 dimensional fact:
Given 3 angles $\alpha,\beta,\gamma\in (0;\pi)$ there is always a triangle with these prescribed angles. It is ...

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### Recentering a Spherical Coordinate Sytem

How do you recenter a spherical coordinate system. For example, if the center were at $\left (0, 0, 0 \right )$ and I wanted to move the center of the spherical coordinate system to $\left (\rho_{1}, ...

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### Grid with nice mathematical properties

I am looking for a way to partially "grid" the surface of a sphere to have certain nice properties which will be defined precisely below.
The areas should be "almost equal".
It should be possible ...

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### How Does One Find the “Loneliest Person on the Planet”?

I'm looking for the algorithm that efficiently locates the "Loneliest Person on the Planet", where "loneliest" is defined as:
Maximum minimum distance to another person -- that is, the person for ...