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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Tropic of Cancer
NASA ^ | August 02, 2013 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 08/02/2013 4:08:29 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: This intriguing monument can be found in Taiwan between the cities of Hualian and Taitong. Split into two sides, it straddles a special circle of latitude on planet Earth, near 23.5 degrees north, known as the Tropic of Cancer. Points along the Tropic of Cancer are the northernmost locations where the Sun can pass directly overhead, an event that occurs once a year during the northern hemisphere's summer solstice. The latitude that defines the Tropic of Cancer corresponds to the tilt of planet Earth's rotation axis with respect to its orbital plane. The name refers to the zodiacal constellation Cancer the Crab. Historically the Sun's position was within Cancer during the northern summer solstice, but because of the precession of Earth's axis, that solstice Sun is currently within the boundaries of Taurus. In this starry night scene the otherwise all white structure is colored by city lights, with its orange side just south of the Tropic of Cancer and the white side just north. Of course, there is a southern hemisphere counterpart of the Tropic of Cancer. It's called the Tropic of Capricorn.

August 02, 2013

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; science
[Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors)]

1 posted on 08/02/2013 4:08:29 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Meh. But have a great weekend, all.
The Big One

2 posted on 08/02/2013 4:09:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks very much, SunkenCiv!!!


3 posted on 08/02/2013 4:13:14 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Cool!

I didn’t know that.

And i always delight in learning something NEW.

Thanks, Sunken Civ!


4 posted on 08/02/2013 4:59:27 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: SunkenCiv
A few years ago,while in Singapore,I wanted to go south a few miles in order to stand on the equator.I never made,I got as far as a point in Indonesia that's about 75 miles north of it.
5 posted on 08/02/2013 5:25:44 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I’ve crossed the equator many times at sea but now that you mention it the closest ever I’ve been to it on land is Singapore.


6 posted on 08/02/2013 2:41:58 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: SunkenCiv
Not to be confused with GORT...
7 posted on 08/03/2013 6:40:09 PM PDT by mikrofon (Day That The Sun Stands Still)
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To: mikrofon

http://digitalblasphemy.com/preview.shtml?i=cancer


8 posted on 08/03/2013 11:26:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

It’s not always easy to do — a lot of the Equator is open sea.


9 posted on 08/03/2013 11:43:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv
It’s not always easy to do — a lot of the Equator is open sea.

Very true...but far from impossible.South America,Africa and even a small part of Asia.

10 posted on 08/04/2013 6:45:44 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit.)
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To: Gay State Conservative; SunkenCiv

When in Australia many years ago in the Outback near Alice Springs,
we were traveling on this road crossing the Tropic...

(Not my pic, though I do have a slide of it somewhere ;)

11 posted on 08/04/2013 7:46:34 AM PDT by mikrofon (Capricorny)
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To: mikrofon; naturalman1975
When in Australia many years ago in the Outback near Alice Springs,we were traveling on this road crossing the Tropic...

I,too,did "the Outback" some years ago...I went to a town in New South Wales called Broken Hill,a stop on the Indian-Pacific (which is how I got there).It was September (their summer,as you know) and although it was south of the Tropic it was *anything* but cold.It hit 105 on each of the three days I was there.

12 posted on 08/04/2013 8:49:15 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit.)
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To: mikrofon
What am I thinking? I was there in March!

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13 posted on 08/04/2013 8:52:56 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit.)
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