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World map showing the Tropic of Cancer
World map showing the Tropic of Cancer

The Tropic of Cancer, or Northern tropic, is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. It is the most northerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. This event occurs at the June solstice, when the northern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun to its maximum extent. Tropic of Cancer is a novel by Henry Miller, first published in 1934 by Obelisk Press in Paris and still in print (Grove Press 1987 paperback: ISBN 0-8021-3178-6). ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3630x1870, 1356 KB) Summary The original is a GIMP native XCF format (16 MB) which contains the base map with lines contained on separate layers. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3630x1870, 1356 KB) Summary The original is a GIMP native XCF format (16 MB) which contains the base map with lines contained on separate layers. ... On the Earth, a circle of latitude is an imaginary east-west circle that connects all locations with a given latitude. ... The June solstice occurs on June 21 or June 22 of most years, and is known by different names in different hemispheres of Earth: Summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere; the longest day of the year. ...


The Tropic of Cancer currently lies 23° 26′ 22″ north of the Equator. North of this latitude are the subtropics and Northern Temperate Zone. The equivalent line of latitude south of the equator is called the Tropic of Capricorn, and the region between the two, centered on the Equator, is known as the Tropics. This article describes the unit of angle. ... World map showing the equator in red In tourist areas, the equator is often marked on the sides of roads The equator marked as it crosses Ilhéu das Rolas, in São Tomé and Príncipe. ... The subtropics are the zones of the Earth immediately north and south of the tropic zone, which is bounded by the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, at latitude 23. ... For the usage in virology, see temperate (virology). ... World map showing the Tropic of Capricorn For the novel by Henry Miller, see Tropic of Capricorn (novel). ... The tropics are the geographic region of the Earth centered on the equator and limited in latitude by the two tropics: the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere. ...


The line is called Tropic of Cancer because when it was named the sun was in the location of the constellation of Cancer (Latin for crab) in the sky at the June solstice. However, due to the precession of the equinoxes, the sun is now in the location of the constellation of Taurus at the June solstice. The word "tropic" itself comes from the Greek tropos, meaning turn, referring to the fact that the sun appears to "turn back" at the solstices. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cancer (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the thirteen constellations of the zodiac. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Superfamilies Dromiacea Homolodromioidea Dromioidea Homoloidea Eubrachyura Raninoidea Cyclodorippoidea Dorippoidea Calappoidea Leucosioidea Majoidea Hymenosomatoidea Parthenopoidea Retroplumoidea Cancroidea Portunoidea Bythograeoidea Xanthoidea Bellioidea Potamoidea Pseudothelphusoidea Gecarcinucoidea Cryptochiroidea Pinnotheroidea * Ocypodoidea * Grapsoidea * An asterisk (*) marks the crabs included in the clade Thoracotremata. ... Precession of the equinoxes refers to the precession of the Earths axis of rotation. ... Taurus (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ...


The position of the Tropic of Cancer is not fixed, but varies in a complex manner over time; see under circles of latitude for information. On the Earth, a circle of latitude is an imaginary east-west circle that connects all locations with a given latitude. ...


Ŕ==Geography==

Monument marking the Tropic of Cancer northeast of Villa de Cos, Zacatecas, Mexico.

The Tropic of Cancer passes through the following countries (going east): Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 513 pixelsFull resolution (1592 × 1020 pixel, file size: 187 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo taken in 1989. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 513 pixelsFull resolution (1592 × 1020 pixel, file size: 187 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo taken in 1989. ... Zacatecas is one of the 31 constituent states of Mexico. ...

Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,931 sq mi (29,311 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ... Devils Slide The cliffs of Tanager Peak, looking east from Miller Peak. ... On top of Mokumanamana Necker Island (Hawaiian: Mokumanamana) is a small island in the Pacific Ocean, 13 km (8 miles) north of the Tropic of Cancer, located at . ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mexico. ... Mazatlán is a city (population 340,000 as of 2000) located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, just across from the southernmost tip of Baja California. ... For other meanings of Pacific, see Pacific (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Bahamas. ... Exuma Exuma is a district of the Bahamas, consisting of over 360 islands (or cays). ... Long Island is a sixty-mile (nearly 100km) long island in the Bahamas that is split by the Tropic of Cancer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Western_Sahara. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mauritania. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mali. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Algeria. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Niger. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Libya. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Chad. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Egypt. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Saudi_Arabia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Arab_Emirates. ... Abu Dhabi (Arabic: ‎ ʼAbÅ« Ẓaby, literally Father of Gazelle) is the largest of the seven emirates that compose the United Arab Emirates and was also the largest of the former Trucial States. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Oman. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bangladesh. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Myanmar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Guangzhou is the capital and the sub-provincial city of Guangdong Province in the southern part of the Peoples Republic of China. ... For the Chinese civilization, see China. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Republic_of_China. ...

Circumnavigation

According to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale's rules, for a flight to compete for a round-the-world speed record, it must cover a distance no less than the length of the Tropic of Cancer as well as cross all meridians and end on the same airfield where it started. This length is set to be 36787.559 kilometres - a number implying a precision which does not exist, considering the variations of the tropic described above. Fédération Aéronautique Internationale The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) is a standard setting and record-keeping body for aeronautics and astronautics. ... On the earth, a meridian is a north-south line between the North Pole and the South Pole. ...


For an ordinary circumnavigation the rules are somewhat relaxed and the distance is set to a rounded value of 37000 kilometres. To circumnavigate a place, such as an island, a continent, or the Earth, is to travel all the way around it by boat or ship. ...


See also


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