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Equator

Equator

The equator is an imaginary line running around the widest part of the Earth, halfway between the North Pole and the South Pole. North of the Equator, you're in the Northern Hemisphere. South of the Equator, you're in the Southern Hemisphere. North America, Europe, Africa and Asia are mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. South America and Australia are mostly in the Southern Hemisphere.

Other planets like Mars and Jupiter also have equators, which also run around their widest part.

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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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