Equator crossing – an awesome activity

Equator is an imaginary Line that divides the earth into two equal parts that is the northern and southern hemisphere. It is also referred as the intersection of the earth’s surface with the plane perpendicular to the earth’s axis of rotation and containing the earth’s center of mass.

While at the equator, the sun rises and falls rapidly, with equal number of hours in day and nighttime. The climatic temperatures around the equator are extremely pretty constant all year round making it a pleasant place to visit. Water runs down in sinks clockwise ways in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

The equator is among best known landmarks in Uganda. It is the imaginary line that is seen on maps marking the equidistant from the North and South Pole. Along the imaginary line of the equator, a magnetic needle has no dip and stabilizes in perfect horizontal position.

When are the equator, you are able to stand with one of your leg in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern hemisphere at this point; it is such an amazing experience to stand on both sides of the world.

The sun rises and falls rather so fast at the equator, with equal days and nights’ length. The people around the equator experience only warm temperatures and tropical climate throughout the year and therefore quite hard to tell the difference between seasons. It is located in Kayabwe, Mpigi District, about 72 kilometers from Kampala city, the main city of Uganda. In the South west of Kampala, You can also find equator markers near Entebbe, Queen Elizabeth Park, however, the primary Equator Destination in Uganda is on the Kampala – Masaka Road.

Equator is a stopover destination to Bwindi Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Queen Elizabeth Park and Lake Mburo Park. Uganda is one of the few nations around the world where the equator runs through it and the best place to visit. Other countries crossed by the equator are Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, and Sao Tome and Principe, and Gabon, republic of the Congo, Kenya, Somalia, Maldives, Indonesia and Kiribati.

Water experiment at the equator is a never miss deal! The movement and drainage of the water while at the Northern hemispheres differ from one at the southern hemispheres at the Equator line.

While at the equator one weighs less of 3% because weight is a force of which gravity acts on mass. Along the equator, anyone’s weight will be less by 0.5% thus gravity is 0.5 % less at the Equator. This is inclined to the earth not being a perfect sphere. At the poles, it is flattened. You will be a few tons of kilometers away from the center of the earth while standing at the equator unlike when standing at the poles. Gravity is therefore only slightly less at the equator because it falls off with distance.

It is a different experience at the equator; remember to buy a souvenir for your family and friends on your way. A number of structures have been set up around the area of the equator with so many amazing crafts and art pieces from the craft shops. Take pictures to make your safari a memorable experience in your lifetime.