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Saturday, November 25, 2023

Interesting Facts About the Equator

Aloha Everyone,

Capt. Todd McBain’s evening talk was on quick facts about the Equator.

The name Equator traces its root to Medieval Latin word aequator in the phrase círculos aequator diei et noctis, meaning ‘circle equalizing day and night.’

An equator is an imaginary line around the middle of a planet or other celestial body. An equator is half way between the North Pole and the South Pole, at 0 degrees latitude.  

Earth is widest at its Equator.

The equator is just under 25,000 kilometers long.

The equator passes through 11 countries and crosses the territories of two island nations.

Indonesia is a country spread across both land and sea and has the greatest length on the equatorial line. 

Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, São Tomé & Principe, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Maldives, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, and Kiribati are also on the equator.

For the USA, the State of Hawaii is closest to the equator.

Everyday we are getting smarter :-)

Aloha -- Cathi