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Latitude

the angle between zenith and a plane parallel to the equator
Map of Earth showing some major latitudes

The latitude of the Earth gives the distance north or south of the equator.[1] It is measured in degrees. Latitude is represented by the Greek letter phi, . It is usually used along with a measurement of longitude in order to pinpoint a location on Earth.

The equator is numbered 0 degrees. Everything north or south of the equator is designated either as north latitude or south latitude.[2] The Antarctic Circle, Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer, and Arctic Circle are all circles of latitude.

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  1. "Explanation of Latitude and Longitude". Satellite Signals Limited. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  2. "latitude". National Geographic Society. Retrieved 27 June 2016.

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