Yung Chung-hoi of the Hong Kong Observatory explains that the sun is overhead at the equator and at a slant angle at the poles, which is why it is very hot near the equator. The other factors that influence the amount of... More »

The Arctic Circle is located 66.5 degrees north of the equator, which is at 0 degrees latitude. The area directly above the Arctic Circle pertains to the Arctic region, also known as the "Land of the Midnight Sun." More »

The temperatures around the equator are always high, which causes a fast evaporation of water and results in frequent rain and a tropical climate. Rainforests are also located in temperate areas along the Pacific coast o... More »

One surprising fact about the sun is that the poles and the equator rotate at different rates. The equator takes 26.8 days to rotate, while the poles take 36 days. This is because the sun is not a solid body but a ball o... More » Science Astronomy Our Sun

It is warm near the equator because the sun is more directly overhead rather than at an angle like it is at the poles. The areas that are hit by the rays of the sun are greater at the equator than at higher latitudes. More »

Winds that blow from 30 degrees latitude to the equator are called trade winds. These air currents flow down to the equator from the northeastern region in the Northern Hemisphere and from the southeastern region in the ... More »

Ocean currents equalize global temperatures by moving warm water from the equator to the polar regions and returning cold water. The majority of the sun's heat is absorbed by the oceans around the equator. If ocean curre... More »