Tropic of Capricorn

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Tropic of Capricorn

The parallel of latitude 23°26′ south of the equator, the southern boundary of the Torrid Zone, and the most southerly latitude at which the sun can shine directly overhead.


(ˈtrɒp ɪk)

a. either of two corresponding parallels of latitude on the terrestrial globe, one (tropic of Cancer) about 23½° N, and the other (tropic of Capricorn) about 23½° S of the equator, being the boundaries of the Torrid Zone.
b. the tropics, the regions lying between and near these parallels of latitude; the Torrid Zone and neighboring regions.
2. either of two circles on the celestial sphere, one lying in the same plane as the tropic of Cancer, the other in the same plane as the tropic of Capricorn.
3. of or pertaining to the tropics; tropical.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tropicus < Greek tropikós pertaining to a turn =tróp(os) turn + -ikos -ic]


a combining form with the meanings “turned toward, with an orientation toward” that specified by the initial element (geotropic), “having an affinity for, affecting” what is specified (lipotropic), “affecting the activity of, maintaining” a specified organ (thyrotropic). Compare –trophic

Tropic of Capricorn

The parallel of latitude 23°27′ south of the equator. It forms the boundary between the Torrid Zone and the South Temperate Zone.
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Noun1.tropic of Capricorn - a line of latitude about 23 degrees to the south of the equatorTropic of Capricorn - a line of latitude about 23 degrees to the south of the equator
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We had crossed the tropic of Capricorn, and the Straits of Magellan opened less than seven hundred miles to the south.
This was the position of the sun on December 21, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn.
Lying between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator, the archipelago boasts a warm climate, white sandy beaches and a reputation for luxury and romance.
The Seychelles is a classic get-away-from-itall location, lying in the Indian Ocean between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator.
Details on the honeymoon are scarce, but the British news outlet reported that the Duke and Dutchess are traveling by private jet and helicopter to a "secret hideway in the Indian Ocean", believed to be the tropical island country of Seychelles, which lies between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator.
4) Through which countries do both The Equator and The Tropic of Capricorn pass?
21, the winter solstice, when the sun reaches its southernmost declination and is directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn.
The sun rays will then drop to the Tropic of Capricorn, where it will line with it on December 22, which would mark the winter transformation, where the day is short and the night is very long, he explained.
Mauritius's location just north of the Tropic of Capricorn means that it enjoys a warm and gentle climate.
In astronomical terms, spring begins with the vernal equinox, usually 20 March in the Northern Hemisphere and 22 September in the Southern Hemisphere, when the sun crosses the equator on its journey toward the Tropic of Cancer or the Tropic of Capricorn.
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