50th parallel north

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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.

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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.[1] The maximum altitude of the sun during the summer solstice is 63.44 degrees and during the winter solstice it is 16.56 degrees. During the summer solstice, nighttime does not get beyond astronomical twilight, a condition which lasts throughout the month of June. Every day of the month of May can view both astronomical dawn and dusk.[2]

At this latitude, the average sea surface temperature between 1982 and 2011 was about 8.5 °C (47.3 °F).[3]

In the mainland 48 states of USA, which is 100% south of the 50th parallel north, every day of the month of May (May 1st to 31st) can view both astronomical dawn and dusk. Also in the mainland 48 states of USA, between November 1st and November 30th the Sun is always 18 degrees above the horizon as solar noon.