The Prime Meridian passes through Greenwich, England. The original Royal Observatory, today's Flamsteed House, commemorates the establishment of the Prime Meridian with a museum and official denotations on the ground and, at night, in the sky of the line itself.Continue Reading
The Prime Meridian, as established by international treaty in 1884, is the official line marking 0 degrees longitude. The location of the Prime Meridian establishes the worldwide navigational starting point as well as dividing time zones. Greenwich Mean Time sets the convention for all global time measurements.
Prior to the establishment of the Prime Meridian, countries set their own navigational standards heedless of what their neighboring nations were using. For instance, China at one point used Beijing as their first meridian.Learn more about Maps & Cartography
The Greenwich Meridian, or prime meridian, is the imaginary line that runs through Greenwich, England, and it is designated as 0 degrees longitude. This line is used as a starting point for measuring the lines of east and west longitude, and it helps create the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. It was chosen as the standard in 1884 at an international convention of 25 countries.Full Answer >
Latitude and longitude are listed terms of degrees, minutes and seconds in reference to either the equator, for latitude, or Greenwich, England, for longitude. For instance, the latitude 48?22'34"N is read as 48 degrees, 22 minutes and 34 seconds North of the equator.Full Answer >
The city closest to the prime meridian is London. The prime meridian runs through the Royal Observatory in the town of Greenwich, which is in southeast London.Full Answer >
The prime meridian passes through the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Algeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Togo. The prime meridian represents the longitude of 0 degrees.Full Answer >