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Q: How many miles does 1 degree of longitude equal at 55 degrees north latitude?

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55.31 miles.

No. Lines of longitude come together at the poles. At the equator, a degree of longitude is equal to a degree of latitude. As you go north or south from the equator, the longitude lines converge, and the distance between them is equal to the cosine of the latitude. At the poles, all the longitude lines converge.

At the equator, a degree of longitude is the same distance as a degree of latitude. One minute of latitude is equal to one nautical mile, so one degree equals 60 nautical mile. As you go north or south, the lines of longitude converge, coming together at the poles. So the distance (in nautical miles) of one degree of longitude is equal to 60 times the cosine of the latitude.

Latitudes are evenly spaced regardless of the longitude. One degree of latitude corresponds to 60 nautical miles on the surface, or about 69.1 regular miles.

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Only at the equator. The linear distance covered by 1 degree of longitude gets progressively smaller as you progress towards the poles, but 1 degree of latitude remains constant.

One degree of latitude, and one degree of longitude along the equator only, is equivalent to roughly 69.1 miles (111 km). One degree of latitude, and of longitude on the equator only, is also equal to about 60 nautical miles.

Each degree is divided into 60 minutes, and each minute is divided into 60 seconds. While the distance represented by a degree of longitude can vary with the latitude, each degree of latitude (north and south) is equal to 60 nautical miles, so one minute of latitude is equal to 1 nautical mile. (About 1.15 statute miles) One nautical mile is equal to 2026 yards, so one second of latitude is equal to 33.8 feet.

One degree of latitude (north or south) equals 60 nautical miles. One degree of longitude (east-west) is approximately 60 nautical miles times the cosine of the mid-latitude. So 5 degrees is something less than 300 NM, depending on the heading and the latitude.

The latitude of downtown Santa Fe NM is 35.6869 north. That's degree-plus-decimal notation: 35 degrees north, plus .6869 of a degree. It's equal to 35 degrees 41 minutes north latitude.

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