51st parallel north

The 51st parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 51 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America, and the Atlantic Ocean.

At this latitude the sun is visible for 16 hours, 33 minutes during the summer solstice and 7 hours, 55 minutes during the winter solstice.[1]

Capital cities between the 51st and 52nd parallels are London and Astana.

Line across the Earth
51st parallel north

Around the world

Starting at the Prime Meridian (just north of the Sheffield Park Garden in East Sussex, England) and heading eastwards, the parallel 51° north passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
51°0′N 0°0′E / 51.000°N 0.000°E  United Kingdom England: East Sussex, Kent (just south of Dover)
51°0′N 0°58′E / 51.000°N 0.967°E Strait of Dover
51°0′N 2°0′E / 51.000°N 2.000°E  France Nord-Pas-de-Calais — passing just south of Dunkirk and the northernmost point of France
51°0′N 2°34′E / 51.000°N 2.567°E  Belgium Passing just south of Ghent
51°0′N 5°46′E / 51.000°N 5.767°E  Netherlands Limburg — for about 10 km
51°0′N 5°54′E / 51.000°N 5.900°E  Germany North Rhine-Westphalia — passing through northern Cologne
Thuringia — passing through Erfurt
Saxony — passing just south of Dresden
51°0′N 14°15′E / 51.000°N 14.250°E  Czech Republic
51°0′N 14°34′E / 51.000°N 14.567°E  Germany Saxony
51°0′N 14°55′E / 51.000°N 14.917°E  Poland For about 4 km
51°0′N 14°58′E / 51.000°N 14.967°E  Czech Republic
51°0′N 15°6′E / 51.000°N 15.100°E  Poland For about 3 km
51°0′N 15°8′E / 51.000°N 15.133°E  Czech Republic For about 3 km
51°0′N 15°10′E / 51.000°N 15.167°E  Poland Passing just south of Wrocław
51°0′N 23°57′E / 51.000°N 23.950°E  Ukraine Volyn oblast — passing just north of Lutsk
Rivne Oblast
Zhytomyr Oblast — passing just north of Korosten
Kyiv Oblast — passing through Kiev Reservoir
Chernihiv Oblast — passing just south of Nizhyn
Sumy Oblast — passing just north of Sumy
51°0′N 35°20′E / 51.000°N 35.333°E  Russia
51°0′N 49°19′E / 51.000°N 49.317°E  Kazakhstan
51°0′N 54°11′E / 51.000°N 54.183°E  Russia
51°0′N 56°29′E / 51.000°N 56.483°E  Kazakhstan For about 10 km
51°0′N 56°37′E / 51.000°N 56.617°E  Russia For about 9 km
51°0′N 56°45′E / 51.000°N 56.750°E  Kazakhstan
51°0′N 57°18′E / 51.000°N 57.300°E  Russia
51°0′N 57°45′E / 51.000°N 57.750°E  Kazakhstan
51°0′N 58°36′E / 51.000°N 58.600°E  Russia
51°0′N 61°30′E / 51.000°N 61.500°E  Kazakhstan
51°0′N 79°53′E / 51.000°N 79.883°E  Russia
51°0′N 80°28′E / 51.000°N 80.467°E  Kazakhstan
51°0′N 81°5′E / 51.000°N 81.083°E  Russia
51°0′N 83°7′E / 51.000°N 83.117°E  Kazakhstan For about 5 km
51°0′N 83°11′E / 51.000°N 83.183°E  Russia For about 2 km
51°0′N 83°13′E / 51.000°N 83.217°E  Kazakhstan For about 15 km
51°0′N 83°26′E / 51.000°N 83.433°E  Russia
51°0′N 97°50′E / 51.000°N 97.833°E  Mongolia
51°0′N 102°15′E / 51.000°N 102.250°E  Russia
51°0′N 119°37′E / 51.000°N 119.617°E  People's Republic of China Inner Mongolia
51°0′N 127°0′E / 51.000°N 127.000°E  Russia
51°0′N 140°38′E / 51.000°N 140.633°E Strait of Tartary
51°0′N 142°14′E / 51.000°N 142.233°E  Russia Island of Sakhalin
51°0′N 143°36′E / 51.000°N 143.600°E Sea of Okhotsk
51°0′N 156°46′E / 51.000°N 156.767°E  Russia Kamchatka Peninsula
51°0′N 156°51′E / 51.000°N 156.850°E Pacific Ocean Passing just south of Amatignak Island, Alaska,  United States
Passing just north of Vancouver Island, British Columbia,  Canada
51°0′N 127°31′W / 51.000°N 127.517°W  Canada British Columbia — passing through city of Revelstoke
Alberta — passing through city of Calgary
51°0′N 58°48′W / 51.000°N 58.800°W Gulf of Saint Lawrence
51°0′N 57°3′W / 51.000°N 57.050°W  Canada Newfoundland and Labrador — island of Newfoundland
51°0′N 55°50′W / 51.000°N 55.833°W Atlantic Ocean Passing just north of Groais Island, Newfoundland and Labrador,  Canada
51°0′N 4°32′W / 51.000°N 4.533°W  United Kingdom EnglandDevon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire (passing just north of Southampton), West Sussex, East Sussex

Russian America 1799–1824/25

In 1799 Paul I, Tsar of the Russian Empire, issued a ukase creating the Russian-American Company (RAC). It was granted monopolistic control north of the 55th parallel north, which had been the Russian claim since 1790, as well as the right to operate and occupy territory to the south as long as the lands had not been previously occupied, or dependent on any other nation.[2] In 1821 the RAC's charter was renewed and at the same time an ukase proclaimed that Russian sovereignty extended south to the 51st parallel, and that waters north of that line were closed to foreign shipping. The ukase was met with strong objections by the United States and Great Britain. Subsequent negotiations resulted in a clear and permanent boundary for Russian America, the southward terminus of which was established at 54°40′ north.[3]

See also


  1. ^ http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/Dur_OneYear.php
  2. ^ United States, Bering Sea Tribunal of Arbitration (1892). Fur-seal Arbitration: The Case of the United States before the Tribunal of Arbitration to convene at Paris under the provisions of the treaty between the United States of America and Great Britain, concluded February 29, 1892. United States Government Printing Office. p. 14. OCLC 68198841.
  3. ^ Haycox, Stephen W. (2002). Alaska: An American Colony. University of Washington Press. pp. 1118–1122. ISBN 978-0-295-98249-6.
50th parallel north

The 50th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 50 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America, and the Atlantic Ocean.

At this latitude the sun is visible for 16 hours, 22 minutes during the summer solstice and 8 hours, 4 minutes during the winter solstice.

The maximum altitude of the sun on the summer solstice is 63.5 degrees and on the winter solstice it is 16.5 degrees.At this latitude, the average sea surface temperature between 1982 and 2011 was about 8.5°C (47.3°F).

51st parallel

51st parallel may refer to:

51st parallel north, a circle of latitude in the Northern Hemisphere

51st parallel south, a circle of latitude in the Southern Hemisphere

52nd parallel north

The 52nd parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 52 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America, and the Atlantic Ocean.

In Canada, part of the legally defined border between Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador is defined by the parallel, though Quebec maintains a dormant claim to some of the territory north of this line.The catchment area of London, the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, can be broadly defined by the 51st and 52nd parallels.At this latitude the sun is visible for 16 hours, 44 minutes during the summer solstice and 7 hours, 45 minutes during the winter solstice.

List of circles of latitude

Following is a list of circles of latitude on Earth.


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Territorial evolution of Canada

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