Fun Facts You Didn't Know About the Equator

Posted on Monday, Sep 8th, 2014

The Equator is the most famous imaginary thing on the planet!

The equator is nothing but an imaginary line that divides the Earth into the northern and southern hemisphere. It is equal distance from the North Pole and the South Pole and is one of the most notable lines of latitude….but still – imaginary. Here are some things you may not know...

It’s not always hot.
Temperatures at the equator are very high but there is one single point on the equator where you’ll find snow. The highest point on the equator is 4,690m, on the south slopes of Volcán Cayambe in Ecuador, so in theory, you could go skiing on the equator. (Please let me in on your plans if you decide to go)

You’re more likely to get sick on the equator.
According to journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) if you live at or near the equator, you are at higher risk of getting asthma and other breathing related allergies. The study states that people living near the equator have a high risk of ultraviolet –B exposure from sun rays .This exposure can effect their immune system making them prone to allergies. 

Only 20% of population live below the equator.
There are more countries in northern hemisphere than southern hemisphere which gives the area north of the euqator a head start in human count. But what really gives the north and edge over south are the highly populated countries like china, India, and USA which all lie in northern hemisphere. Only 2 out of top ten populated countries (Brazil and Indonesia) lie in south, and not the whole country is below the line.

The daytime is equal to the night time.
The day is consistently 12 hours. You won’t have a longest day or shortest day of the year; you’ll have consistent day light and sunlight all year!


You weigh less!
The Earth bulges outward at the Equator because of the planet's rotation and its tendency to stay in a straight line while moving. This creates a gravitational field that is uneven, with more pull on the poles than in the middle. It is due to this bulge that a person standing at the Equator is further from the majority of Earth's mass than a person standing at either of the poles. But don't get your hopes up too much - the weight difference is only 0.5%! (less than a pound for anyone weighing less than 200 pounds)