Tropic of Capricorn

The Tropic of Capricorn is the southernmost latitude where the Sun can be directly overhead. Its northern equivalent is the Tropic of Cancer.

As of 2014, its latitude was 23° 26′ 14.440″ south of the Equator. Some sources suggest that it is moving northward at the rate of 15 metres per year – a considerable distance.

Travellers should note the latitude displayed on their GPS receiver whenever they pass the Tropic of Capiricorn marker. The most commonly seen markers are just south of Newman opposite the Capricorn Roadhouse on the Great Northern Highway, north of Minilya on the North West Coastal Highway, and south of Coral Bay on the Minilya-Exmouth Road

The Tropic of Capricorn is the dividing line between the Southern Temperate Zone to the south and the tropics to the north. In Western Australia north of the Tropic of Capricorn and south of the Kimberley is generally considered to be the Pilbara.

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