Did you know that the ‘tropics’ are located between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn? The Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn are the northern and southern-most points from the Equator, where the Sun will appear to be directly overhead during the respective summer solstices. Areas within the tropics usually have closer to 12 hours of daylight and night time and stay the same (mostly warm) temperature year-round; they do not have what we call ‘seasons’. Because the amount of daylight varies through the year, areas north or south of these boundaries do have seasons, warmer summers and colder winters.
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There is a geographic coordinate system, like a grid, used to identify points on the Earth’s surface? The vertical lines are called ‘longitude’ lines. The starting point, or 0° line is located at the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, England. The horizontal lines care called ‘latitude’ lines. The starting or 0° line is located at the equator. A geographic coordinate tells you how many ‘degrees’ east or west of the Prime Meridian and how many ‘degrees’ north or south of the equator the location is.
The Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn lies at 23.5° north or south of the Equator. The 23.5° is related to the axial tilt of the Earth. The exact position of the Tropic ‘lines’ is not fixed. The Tropic lines shift each year.
The Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn were named after the constellations the sun was located in 2,000 years ago. Currently the sun is Taurus.
Areas north of the Tropic of Cancer, or south of the Tropic of Capricorn will never experience a day where the sun is directly overhead.
Hawaii is one of the only places in the US that lies within the tropic zone. The Solstice sun event is called ‘Lahaina Noon’.