anonymous anonymous - 1 year ago 115
Java Question

Java: Rotate a Point around an other using Google Maps Coordinates

From Google Earth I got a Box with coordinates for a picture, like following:


Now I want to test weather a point intersect with this LatLonBox.
My base idea to check, whether a point intersect with the LatLonBox was, to rotate the point back by the given angle, and then to test whether the point intersect with a regular (not rotated) rectangle.

I tried to calculate the rotation manually:

public static MyGeoPoint rotatePoint(MyGeoPoint point, MyGeoPoint origion, double degree)
double x = origion.getLatitude() + (Math.cos(Math.toRadians(degree)) * (point.getLatitude() - origion.getLatitude()) - Math.sin(Math.toRadians(degree)) * (point.getLongitude() - origion.getLongitude()));
double y = origion.getLongitude() + (Math.sin(Math.toRadians(degree)) * (point.getLatitude() - origion.getLatitude()) + Math.cos(Math.toRadians(degree)) * (point.getLongitude() - origion.getLongitude()));

return new MyGeoPoint(x, y);


public boolean intersect(MyGeoPoint geoPoint)
geoPoint = MyGeoPoint.rotatePoint(geoPoint, this.getCenter(), - this.getRotation());

return (geoPoint.getLatitude() < getTopLeftLatitude()
&& geoPoint.getLatitude() > getBottomRightLatitude()
&& geoPoint.getLongitude() > getTopLeftLongitude()
&& geoPoint.getLongitude() < getBottomRightLongitude());

And it seems that the results are wrong.

LatLonBox box = new LatLonBox(53.10685, 8.851858333333333, 53.10637222222223, 8.853144444444444, -26.3448);

MyGeoPoint point1 = new MyGeoPoint(53.106872, 8.852311);
MyGeoPoint point2 = new MyGeoPoint(53.10670378322918, 8.852967186822669);
MyGeoPoint point3 = new MyGeoPoint(53.10652664993972, 8.851994565566875);
MyGeoPoint point4 = new MyGeoPoint(53.10631650700605, 8.85270995172055);


The result is true, false, false, true. But it should be 4x true.
Probably I´, making some kind of error in reasoning.
Maybe because the latitude values are getting bigger upwards. But I don´t knwo how to change the formular.

I need some help ...

I think my basic idea and formular is right. Also I found similar solutions eg. link and couldn´t find any difference.

So I think the only possible error source is, that the axis are not proportional. So the problem is how to take account of this.

I hope someone has got an idea.

Answer Source

The problem was indeed that the axis were not proportional.

The following method takes care of it.

public static MyGeoPoint rotatePoint(MyGeoPoint point, MyGeoPoint origion, double degree)
double x =  origion.longitude   + (Math.cos(Math.toRadians(degree)) * (point.longitude - origion.longitude) - Math.sin(Math.toRadians(degree))  * (point.latitude - origion.latitude) / Math.abs(Math.cos(Math.toRadians(origion.latitude)));
double y = origion.latitude + (Math.sin(Math.toRadians(degree)) * (point.longitude - origion.longitude) * Math.abs(Math.cos(Math.toRadians(origion.latitude))) + Math.cos(Math.toRadians(degree))   * (point.latitude - origion.latitude));
return new MyGeoPoint(x, y);
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