Tropic of Capricorn


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Tropic of Capricorn,

parallel of latitude at 23°30' south of the equator; it is the southern boundary of the tropicstropics,
also called tropical zone or torrid zone, all the land and water of the earth situated between the Tropic of Cancer at lat. 23 1-2°N and the Tropic of Capricorn at lat. 23 1-2°S.
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. This parallel marks the farthest point south at which the sun can be seen directly overhead at noon; south of the parallel the sun appears less than 90° from the northern horizon at any day of the year. The sun reaches its vertical position over the Tropic of Capricorn at about Dec. 22, the summer solsticesolstice
[Lat.,=sun stands still], in astronomy, either of the two points on the ecliptic that lie midway between the equinoxes (separated from them by an angular distance of 90°).
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 for the Southern Hemisphere. The term Capricorn comes from the Latin words caper [goat] and cornu [horn] and is the name given to one of the 12 constellations in the zodiaczodiac
[Gr. zoion=animal], in astronomy, zone of the sky that includes about 8° on either side of the ecliptic. The apparent paths of the sun, the moon, and the major planets all fall within this zone.
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Tropic of Capricorn

[′träp·ik əv ′kap·ri‚kȯrn]
(astronomy)
A small circle on the celestial sphere connecting points with declination 23.45° south of the celestial equator, the southernmost declination of the sun.
(geodesy)
A parallel of latitude 23.45° south of the equator, marking the southernmost latitude at which the sun reaches its zenith.

Tropic of Capricorn

The southern parallel of declination, approximately 23°27' from the celestial equator, reached by the sun at its maximum declination, or the corresponding parallel on the earth. It is named for the sign of the zodiac during which the sun reached its maximum southerly declination. The Tropic of Capricorn runs through Australia, Chile, southern Brazil (Brazil is the only country that passes through both the equator and a tropic), and northern South Africa. See Tropic of Cancer.
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And instead of showing a promontory of the southern continent extending north of the Tropic of Capricorn, the gores depict an island south of Taprobana (Sumatra) crossing the Tropic, named Iona vel Ioanna (Iona or Ioanna).
Miller's empathy--which is ironically heightened in Tropic of Capricorn by the touching offer to quit--dissolves into a much broader contemplation of preserving one's identity in a socioeconomic culture that breeds complacency and conformity, Joey lacks the reflective nostalgia of Tropic of Capricorn, a nostalgia in which Miller looks back on his conversion from non-artist to writer: "Just as the city itself had become a huge tomb in which men struggled to earn a decent death so my own life came to resemble a tomb which I was constructing out of my own death" (62).
There is a wide range of climates in Australia but there are generally no extremes; the average temperatures above the Tropic of Capricorn range from 23-26[degrees]C and the southern areas are a bit milder.
The first part of Tropic of Capricorn chronicles his frantic, hilarious years with Western Union.
Utilizing a unique, two-phase plan, CCII would initially serve the equatorial band around the world between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn where more than one-fourth of the world's population resides.
In this meeting representatives from 121 prospective member countries, who either completely or partially lie between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn participated.
The region is classified as the area between the Tropic of Cancer, the northern tropic barrier, and the Tropic of Capricorn, the southern tropic barrier.
Attached to this landmass and extending north of the Tropic of Capricorn, south of modern day Indonesia, is a large promontory named "La Gatigare" (Cattigara).
Located on the Tropic of Capricorn 50 miles off the town of Gladstone in Queensland, Heron Island extends to 42 acres with a circumference of just over a mile.
This type of hyperbolic and provocative introduction is a common feature of Miller's novels, as in Tropic of Capricorn, where the writer proceeds directly to the futility of struggling in a life he did not ask for, and his pity for everybody and everything.
The Seychelles is a classic get-away-from-itall location, lying in the Indian Ocean between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator.
EXTRAS None Tropic of Cancer (15) FOLLOWING Equator and Tropic Of Capricorn, author Simon Reeve embarks on his latest expedition by following the line that marks the northern border of the Earth's tropical region.