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Encyclopedia > Tropic of Capricorn
World map showing the Tropic of Capricorn
World map showing the Tropic of Capricorn
For the novel by Henry Miller, see Tropic of Capricorn (novel).

The Tropic of Capricorn, or Southern tropic, is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. It lies 23° 26′ 22″ south of the Equator, and marks the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. This event occurs at the December solstice, when the southern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun to its maximum extent. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3630x1870, 1364 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, 1364 KB) Summary The original is a GIMP native XCF format (16 MB) which contains the base map with lines contained on separate layers. ... Henry Miller photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1940 Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American writer and, to a lesser extent, painter. ... Tropic of Capricorn cover Tropic of Capricorn is a sexually explicit novel by Henry Miller, first published in Paris in 1938. ... On the Earth, a circle of latitude is an imaginary east-west circle that connects all locations with a given latitude. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... 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 December solstice occurs on December 21 or December 22 of most years, and is known by different names in different hemispheres of Earth: Winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere; the shortest day of the year. ...


The northern hemisphere equivalent of the Tropic of Capricorn is the Tropic of Cancer. Schoolchildren are sometimes taught to remember which tropic is which by the fact that corns grow on the feet (i.e. the lower part of the body, corresponding to the southern hemisphere). Latitudes south of the Tropic of Capricorn are in the Southern Temperate Zone. The region north of the Tropic of Capricorn and south of the Tropic of Cancer is known as the Tropics. Northern hemisphere highlighted in yellow. ... For the novel by Henry Miller, see Tropic of Cancer (novel). ... For the usage in virology, see temperate (virology). ... A noontime scene from the Philippines on a day when the Sun is almost directly overhead. ...


The Tropic of Capricorn is so named because about 2,000 years ago the sun was entering the constellation Capricornus (capricorn is Latin for goat horn) at the December solstice. In modern times the sun appears in the constellation Sagittarius during this time. The change is due to precession of the equinoxes. 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. ... Capricornus ( or , Unicode: ♑), a name meaning Horned Goat or That which has horns like a goats in Latin, is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... The December solstice occurs on December 21 or December 22 of most years, and is known by different names in different hemispheres of Earth: Winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere; the shortest day of the year. ... For other uses, see Sagittarius. ... Precession of the equinoxes refers to the precession of the Earths axis of rotation. ...


The position of the Tropic of Capricorn 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. ...


Geography

Monument marking the Tropic of Capricorn just north of Antofagasta, Chile.
Monument marking the Tropic of Capricorn just north of Antofagasta, Chile.
A sign marking the Tropic of Capricorn as it passes through Namibia.
Monument marking the Tropic of Capricorn just north of Alice Springs, Australia.
Roadway plaque marking the Tropic of Capricorn in the city of Santana do Parnaíba, Brazil.
Roadway plaque marking the Tropic of Capricorn in the city of Santana do Parnaíba, Brazil.

The Tropic of Capricorn passes through the following countries, starting at the prime meridian and heading west: Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 444 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 711 pixel, file size: 723 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 444 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 711 pixel, file size: 723 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Antofagasta is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west and steep hills to the east Street in Antofagasta   () is a port city and episcopal see in northern Chile, about 700 miles north of Santiago. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2288x1712, 762 KB) A sign marking the Tropic of Capricorn on the side of a road in Namibia. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2288x1712, 762 KB) A sign marking the Tropic of Capricorn on the side of a road in Namibia. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 2. ... Alice Springs on a large scale map Alice Springs is a large town in the Northern Territory of Australia located at 23°42′ S 133°52′ E. Its population of 28,178 (2001 Census) makes it the second-largest settlement in the Territory (the only other towns of... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Church in Santana de Parnaíba Old center of Santana de Parnaíba Santana de Parnaíba is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. ... Location of the Prime Meridian Prime Meridian in Greenwich A GPS receiver at the Greenwich Meridian Laser projected from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich marking the Prime Meridian The Royal Observatory, Greenwich (today a museum) The 24-hour clock at Greenwich The Prime Meridian, also known as the International Meridian... A heading is used to provide hierarchical information about other information. ... A compass rose with west highlighted This article refers to the cardinal direction; for other uses see West (disambiguation). ...

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Cities located along the Tropic of Capricorn

Alice Springs on a large scale map Alice Springs is a large town in the Northern Territory of Australia located at 23°42′ S 133°52′ E. Its population of 28,178 (2001 Census) makes it the second-largest settlement in the Territory (the only other towns of... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Mayor Margaret Strelow Area 187 km² Population 58,382 (2001) Time zone UTC + 10 Latitude Longitude 23° 22. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the city. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ...

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