Use this tool to find where the visible horizon is from a point on earth using a map to show the area covered.
Horizon Finder Map
Height above ground m OR Estimate elevation and use this as height
Radius of last search (distance to horizon) : km
This tool can be used to see the area covered by the visible horizon from a given location. As the height of the base point is changed, the visible horizon will change to suit. You can either specify a height manually or let this tool estimate the height and produce the visible horizon polygon automatically.
This will allow you to find out the distance covered by line-of-sight to the horizon.
This tool assumes there is nothing obstructing the horizon and the horizon itself is at zero elevation. In practice there may well be mountains or hills that make the visible horizon closer, or mountains or hills that start behind the visible horizon but rise up above it to become visible.
To use the horizon finder tool:
- Decide if you wish to use the automatic elevation finder to estimate the elevation from the location or input the elevation manually
- Zoom and pan the map to find the desired location
- Click on the map to place a marker
- You will then see a visual representation of where the visible horizon is
- Click again to place further markers
- You can find the elevation of any old marker by hovering over the marker with your mouse
Horizon on Wikipedia
- 8th January 2016 - Initial Version
Comments For This Page
The Earth IS a sphere, thats why you have a limited view of the horizon from your elevation and other natural land obstacles. I like this tool, it has helped me pick some great areas to take photos and use my telescope :) Thank you
By John P on 13th May 2018
Great tool to find out from where you can see a sunset over the sea, or the other shore of a strait.
By Mariano on 13th October 2017
I'm just seeing circles of various size, as if the Earth were a sphere. Am I missing something?
On 24th January 2017
By John B on 4th March 2016
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