# Haversine formula to find distance between two points on a sphere

• Difficulty Level : Basic
• Last Updated : 05 Sep, 2022

The Haversine formula calculates the shortest distance between two points on a sphere using their latitudes and longitudes measured along the surface. It is important for use in navigation. The haversine can be expressed in trigonometric function as: The haversine of the central angle (which is d/r) is calculated by the following formula: where r is the radius of the earth(6371 km), d is the distance between two points, is the latitude of the two points, and is the longitude of the two points respectively.
Solving d by applying the inverse haversine or by using the inverse sine function, we get: or The distance between Big Ben in London (51.5007° N, 0.1246° W) and The Statue of Liberty in
New York (40.6892° N, 74.0445° W) is 5574.8 km. This is not the exact measurement because the
formula assumes that the Earth is a perfect sphere when in fact it is an oblate spheroid.
Below is the implementation of the above formulae:

## C++

 // C++ program for the haversine formula // C++ program for the // haversine formula #include  #include  using namespace std;   static double haversine(double lat1, double lon1,                         double lat2, double lon2)     {         // distance between latitudes         // and longitudes         double dLat = (lat2 - lat1) *                       M_PI / 180.0;         double dLon = (lon2 - lon1) *                        M_PI / 180.0;           // convert to radians         lat1 = (lat1) * M_PI / 180.0;         lat2 = (lat2) * M_PI / 180.0;           // apply formulae         double a = pow(sin(dLat / 2), 2) +                     pow(sin(dLon / 2), 2) *                     cos(lat1) * cos(lat2);         double rad = 6371;         double c = 2 * asin(sqrt(a));         return rad * c;     }   // Driver code int main() {     double lat1 = 51.5007;     double lon1 = 0.1246;     double lat2 = 40.6892;     double lon2 = 74.0445;           cout << haversine(lat1, lon1,                       lat2, lon2) << " K.M.";     return 0; }   // This code is contributed // by Mahadev.

## Java

 // Java program for the haversine formula public class Haversine {       static double haversine(double lat1, double lon1,                             double lat2, double lon2)     {         // distance between latitudes and longitudes         double dLat = Math.toRadians(lat2 - lat1);         double dLon = Math.toRadians(lon2 - lon1);           // convert to radians         lat1 = Math.toRadians(lat1);         lat2 = Math.toRadians(lat2);           // apply formulae         double a = Math.pow(Math.sin(dLat / 2), 2) +                     Math.pow(Math.sin(dLon / 2), 2) *                     Math.cos(lat1) *                     Math.cos(lat2);         double rad = 6371;         double c = 2 * Math.asin(Math.sqrt(a));         return rad * c;     }       // Driver Code     public static void main(String[] args)     {         double lat1 = 51.5007;         double lon1 = 0.1246;         double lat2 = 40.6892;         double lon2 = 74.0445;         System.out.println(haversine(lat1, lon1, lat2, lon2) + " K.M.");     } }

## Python 3

 # Python 3 program for the  # haversine formula import math   # Python 3 program for the # haversine formula def haversine(lat1, lon1, lat2, lon2):           # distance between latitudes     # and longitudes     dLat = (lat2 - lat1) * math.pi / 180.0     dLon = (lon2 - lon1) * math.pi / 180.0       # convert to radians     lat1 = (lat1) * math.pi / 180.0     lat2 = (lat2) * math.pi / 180.0       # apply formulae     a = (pow(math.sin(dLat / 2), 2) +          pow(math.sin(dLon / 2), 2) *              math.cos(lat1) * math.cos(lat2));     rad = 6371     c = 2 * math.asin(math.sqrt(a))     return rad * c   # Driver code if __name__ == "__main__":     lat1 = 51.5007     lon1 = 0.1246     lat2 = 40.6892     lon2 = 74.0445           print(haversine(lat1, lon1,lat2, lon2), "K.M.")   # This code is contributed  # by ChitraNayal

## C#

 // C# program for the haversine formula using System; class GFG {   static double haversine(double lat1, double lon1,                         double lat2, double lon2) {     // distance between latitudes and longitudes     double dLat = (Math.PI / 180) * (lat2 - lat1);     double dLon = (Math.PI / 180) * (lon2 - lon1);       // convert to radians     lat1 = (Math.PI / 180) * (lat1);     lat2 = (Math.PI / 180) * (lat2);       // apply formulae     double a = Math.Pow(Math.Sin(dLat / 2), 2) +                 Math.Pow(Math.Sin(dLon / 2), 2) *                 Math.Cos(lat1) * Math.Cos(lat2);     double rad = 6371;     double c = 2 * Math.Asin(Math.Sqrt(a));     return rad * c; }   // Driver Code public static void Main() {     double lat1 = 51.5007;     double lon1 = 0.1246;     double lat2 = 40.6892;     double lon2 = 74.0445;     Console.WriteLine(haversine(lat1, lon1,                                  lat2, lon2) + " K.M."); } }   // This code is contributed  // by Akanksha Rai(Abby_akku)

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Output:

5574.840456848555 K.M.

Time Complexity: O(logn) as inbuilt sqrt function is used
Auxiliary Space: O(1)

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