Thoughts - Antipode of Qibla at Mecca and the Antipode of Tematangi Atoll FP
Qibla at Mecca SA - Google Earth Image
I have had a number of visitors checking out Atoll Tematangi, the supposed antipode of the Qibla at Mecca. The curious soul that I am, I performed my own calculations. The above Google Earth image is of the Qibla at Mecca. I have annotated the image with the lat-lon (21.422508 39.826138) of the Qibla.
To calculate the antipode of the Qibla at Mecca do the following: 1) switch the sign on the lat 21.422508 to -21.422508. 2) take the lon and subtract it from 180 (180 - 39.826138 = 140.173874) then switch the signs (140.173874 to -140.173874).
Antipode of Qibla at Mecca - Marplot Map
The precise antipode of the Qibla at Mecca is located, as one can see, in the middle of the deep blue sea. The nearest land is Atoll Tematangi FP. However, that island is 50-km to the SW. If one wanted to pray from the precise antipode of the Qibla at Mecca a floating vessel would be required.
If one were to position themselves anywhere on Tematangi Atoll so that they might turn in any direction to pray toward Mecca, they would be 50-kms off (+ or - 6.7-kms the radius of Tematangi Atoll). The image below shows the location of the Antipode of Tematangi Atoll. It is not Mecca, but near a reservoir outside of Jeddah.
Antipode of Tematangi Atoll - Google Earth Image
A final word - the antipode of the Qibla at Mecca is an often discussed topic on the Internet. Some who discuss it do so with disrespect. I, on the other hand, have a great deal of respect for Islam and it's practices. So, I hope this post is not offensive to those of the Islamic faith.