Spherical Ellipse Construction
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from Q to F1 and F2 equals the radius of the circle - same definition as in the plane.)
- Let there be a fixed circle C with center F1 (north pole) on a sphere.
- Let there be a fixed point F2 inside the circle, not coincide with F1.
- Let P be a point on C.
- Let t be a line perpendicular to line[P, F2] and intersect midpoint[P, F2]
- Let Q be the intersection[line[F1,P], line[t]]
- As Q move about, Q traces out an ellipse, and t is its tagent at Q.
Note: t is a great circle. F1 and F2 are the foci.
Also, distance[Q, F1]+distance[Q, F2] equals the radius of the circle. This is similar to the definition of ellipse in the plane.
Spherical Ellipse with Osculating Circles
Spherical Ellipse with Different Eccentricies