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Traversing the Tropic of Cancer

27° 57' 8" North lattitude en route to Nha Trang, Vietnam

Here's our current position as we head to Vietnam.


Although it's not shown on the above map of the Serenade's current position, we at sailing southward and will cross the Tropic of Cancer before traversing the equator. So what's the Tropic of Cancer, you may ask? The Tropic of Cancer is the most northerly circle of latitude on Earth at which the Sun can be directly overhead, 23° 26′ 10.2″ north of the Equator, and it occurs on the June solstice when the Northern Hemisphere is tilted towards the sun to its maximum extent.


The Tropic of Cancer passes through 16 countries on three different continents and six water bodies, including Mexico, the Bahamas, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, India, Myanmar, and China. The latitude got its name from the constellation of Cancer, the crab, as at the time of naming, the sun pointed towards the Cancer constellation during the solstice.

It's two months before June solstice so we won't be directly under the sun today. In fact, there's a strong breeze and it's predicted to be 77°
with possible rain showers. Probably not going poolside today!

Posted by Where2FromHere 22:00

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How is your study for becoming an accredited genealogist coming along? With so many wonderful distractions how are able to stay focused?

by Nancy

Hi Nancy, Well you're right it is a challenge. But I started a task list awhile ago with what I want to accomplish each "sea" day. I'm a little behind, but making progress. Today I listened to Alice Child's webinar on Family Locket. My weaknesses are developing the research question and the research plan - so this was a great chance to learn for a professional. Hope all is well with you and you're continuing your research. Barb

by Where2FromHere

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