One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The prime meridian, which passes through the Royal Observatory at Greenwich in London. It was adopted internationally as the zero of longitude in 1884.
- ‘Here the zero lines of longitude and latitude - the Greenwich meridian and the equator - bisect.’
- ‘It lies 102 ½ metres further east than the official Greenwich meridian and is the line used for all air and sea navigation.’
- ‘Accurate measurements from space have led to another slight shift of the globe's most important line, and the GPS meridian now lies 102.48 metres east of the old Greenwich meridian.’
- ‘I stop just outside the front door, and am rather pleased to discover that I live exactly 0°1'2 ‘west of the Greenwich meridian.’’
- ‘By international convention, it passes through the original site of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England; for this reason, it is sometimes called the Greenwich meridian.’
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