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.
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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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It is one of the earliest surviving maps to depict an assumed southern continent and could be the earliest known map to show the continent extending north of the Tropic of Capricorn, south of modern day Indonesia.
In both chapters, Miller clearly avoids the cloying sentimentality of restorative nostalgia, and his self-portrait is far from flattering, as when he refers to himself as a "son-of-a-bitch of the first water" in connection to his treatment of the "widow" Pauline (67) or when he represents Camilla, the Valeska of Tropic of Capricorn, as calling him a cad (78).
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