It’s not often a girl from Arizona is at the 45th Parallel, but when she is, she take pics! Recently I was in Michigan and we found out from the Apple Orchard, that we were visiting, that we were just a few short miles from the cairn, representing the 45th parallel. The cairn, or monument was covered in Michigan county names.
The 45th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 45 degrees north of the Earth’s equatorial plane. It crosses Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America, and the Atlantic Ocean. The 45th parallel north is often called the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole, but the true halfway point is actually 16.2 kilometres (10.1 mi) north of the 45th parallel because the Earth is oblate, that is, it bulges at the equator and is flattened at the poles.
At this latitude the sun is visible for 15 hours, 37 minutes during the summer solstice and 8 hours, 46 minutes during the winter solstice. The midday sun stands 21.6 degrees above the southern horizon at the December solstice, 68.4 degrees at the June solstice, and exactly 45.0 degrees at the two equinoxes.
Not much to look at here besides a little side road, my cousin peeking out from behind the monument and I believe an apple orchid.
We had a great time at the Apple Orchard and hightailing it through the country side looking for a blue house, a dirt road, a sign and another blue house!
Until next time, LAF