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Re: how far south of the equator, is the sun at the winter solstice

Date: Tue Jan 30 00:49:34 2001
Posted By: Joe McLeod, Group Engineer, Advanced Services, Charter Communications
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 979587880.As

The short answer is The Tropic of Capricorn; or -23d 27' latitude (that's minus 23 degrees, 27 minutes).
Conversely, +23d 27' latitude is the Tropic of Cancer, and represents the Sun's declination on the Summer Solstice.

For a more involved answer, with a cool quicktime movie, please see Eric Weisstein's Treasure Trove of Astronomy on the Winter Solstice.

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