Antarctic Circle, imaginary circle on the surface of the earth at 661/2°S lat., i.e., 231/2° north of the South Pole. It marks the southernmost point at which the sun can be seen at the winter solstice (about June 22) and the northernmost point of the southern polar regions at which the midnight sun is visible.
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