Tropic of Capricorn facts for kids
It marks the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead. This happens at the December solstice, when the southern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun to its maximum extent.
- French Polynesia - passing just south of Tubuai
- Tonga - passing just north of the Minerva Reefs
- Coral Sea Islands Territory (Australia) - passing just south of Cato Reef
- South Africa
The Tropic of Capricorn is named because about 2000 years ago the sun was entering the constellation Capricornus on the December solstice. Now the sun appears in the constellation Sagittarius during the December solstice. The change is due to precession of the equinoxes. The word "tropic" comes from the Greek tropos, meaning turn. This refers to the fact that the sun appears to "turn back" at the solstices.
- Southern Hemisphere
- Eastern Hemisphere
- Western Hemisphere
- Solstice and equinox
- Tropic of Cancer
- Northern Hemisphere
- Arctic Circle
- Antarctic Circle
Images for kids
Monument marking the Tropic of Capricorn just north of Antofagasta, Chile
Sign marking the tropic in Maringá, Brazil
Sundial on the Tropic of Capricorn, Jujuy Province, Argentina
The Tropic of Capricorn marked in Jujuy Province in northern Argentina
Roadside monument marking Tropic of Capricorn in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 28 January 2005
Monument marking Tropic of Capricorn in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 1970
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