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Tropic of Capricorn

The Tropic of Capricorn or Southern tropic is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth.

It is the parallel of latitude at 23 degrees 26′ 22″ south of the Equator, and is the farthest southern latitude that the sun can appear directly overhead, occurring on the December solstice.

Its northern hemisphere equivalent is the Tropic of Cancer.

Latitudes south of the Tropic of Capricorn are in the Southern Temperate Zone.

North of this line are the Tropics.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Tropic of Capricorn", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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