Everyone has sat on the beach at the ocean and imagined what was on the other side.
But, our coastlines have curves. So what’s on the other side for you is different from what’s on the other for someone a few miles up the shore.
So check out these maps of what is across the ocean, on a great circle, that begins perpendicular to the shoreline where you’re standing:
The pinkish curves are the great circles that start perpendicular to beaches around the world, and which run into Africa.
It’s so cool that you can actually be on the west coast of the U.S. and be looking out at Africa, perhaps 15,000 miles away.
P.S. I wasn’t far off when on a beach in Florida in the mid-90s I argued that we were looking out at … Morocco. No one believed me.
Via Tim Worstall.