- the time at which the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky (northernmost point
in the S hemisphere) appearing at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. It
occurs about December 22 (June 21 in the S hemisphere)
- (astronomy) the point on the celestial sphere, opposite the summer solstice, at which the ecliptic is furthest south from the celestial equator. Right ascension:
18 hours; declination: –23.5°
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