Challenge: I have two the latitude and longitude of two places. I want to know the distance between them, as the crow flies.

This took a lot of trial and error, made more tricky by having to also accommodate two points that straddled the equator. But the formula has been tested and works.

Put the latitude of point A (in degrees) in A1; its longitude in A2. And put the latitude of point B in B1; and its longitude in B2.

Below is the formula for the distance between the points.

=ROUNDDOWN(6371.0072*ACOS(COS(RADIANS(90-A1))*COS(RADIANS(90-B1))+SIN(RADIANS(90-A1))*SIN(RADIANS(90-B1))*COS(RADIANS(A2-B2))),1)

The 6371.0072 is the radius of the Earth, the first time I've ever used it in an Excel formula. The ROUNDDOWN function merely uses the "1" at the end of the formula to round it down to 0.1km in accuracy.

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Distances between places as the crow flies