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It may be only an imaginary line bisecting an imaginary plane, but the equator does more than simply divide the Northern and Southern hemispheres. For starters, it’s the line of demarcation for the seasons in each hemisphere. It’s...

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Also known as a “Crossing the Line” ceremony, this irreverent tradition originated more than 400 years ago and was popularized by the crews of European naval ships and merchant marines that crisscrossed the equator in the 19th and...

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Did you know that there are actually two equators? The terrestrial equator, like the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn as well as the poles, is based on the relationship between the Earth’s axis of rotation and the planet’s orbit around...