Today we went on a tour around Quito, Ecuador. We saw both of the “equators”.
If you haven't heard about it then maybe you don't know that in the 17 hundreds a group of scientists supposedly found the equator. But, later it was discovered that their measurements were off by about 200 meters. Before the actual equator was found a big town was built around the equator. This town was named the Middle of the World. The town included a church (which the equator went through), shops, restaurants, a bull fighting ring, and other buildings. The only thing is that no one actually lives in the town; it is just for show. The church isn't actually used, the only buildings that are actually used for actual purposes other than as tourist attractions are the restaurants and shops.
There is a museum at the actual equator. There were some experiments to do that had to do with the equator. The first one was with water spinning different directions in a basin. First, the museum guide placed a basin on the equator. Then he poured some water into it and then he removed the plug from the basin. When he dropped some leaves into the water they went straight down. There was no whirlpool, no real movement of the water at all, except for the slowly decreasing water level. When the guide put the basin in the Southern Hemisphere the leaves whirled counter-clockwise and in the Northern Hemisphere they went clockwise. The next experiment had to do with resistance differing on the equator and in a hemisphere. In one of the hemispheres if one clasps their hands together and raises their arms and then another person tries to pull their hands down, it will be easier for the person with their hands clasped to resist getting their arms pulled down than if they were on the equator. The next experiment was to balance an egg on a nail sticking into a wooden pole on the equator. Since the gravity is pulling straight down on the egg it would be easier to balance it at the equator than in either hemisphere. Maya, Dad, and I all balanced the egg and gotcertificates.