# Characteristics of great circle

## What is the significance of any great circle?

Why are great circles important in navigation? Because

**they show us the shortest routes between two points on a sphere**. If we want to travel the shortest distance across any sphere, Earth being the obvious choice for most of us, you actually need to head towards the point on the opposite side of that sphere.## What is the great circle of the Earth?

A Great Circle is any circle that circumnavigates the Earth and passes through the center of the Earth. A great circle always divides the Earth in half, thus the Equator is a great circle (but no other latitudes) and all lines of longitude are great circles.

## What is an example of a great circle?

Another great circle is the one that divides the land and water hemispheres. A great circle divides the earth into two hemispheres and if a great circle passes through a point it must pass through its antipodal point.

## What is a great circle in Grade 5?

A great circle is

**a circle that is drawn on the surface of a sphere (such as Earth) that has a radius equal to the radius of the sphere, and whose center is also the sphere’s center**. The Equator is the only latitude that is a great circle. All longitudes are a part of a great circle.## Which of the following is true about a great circle?

The correct answer is

**The Equator**. A Great Circle is any circle that circumnavigates the Earth and passes through the center of the Earth. A great circle always divides the Earth in half, thus the Equator is a great circle (but no other latitudes) and all lines of longitude are great circles.## What’s the difference between great circle and small circle?

**A Great Circle is a plane that passes through the center of the earth**. (e.g. Equator and all Meridians). The shortest distance between any two points on the earth’s surface is attained along the arc of a Great Circle. Small Circles are lines that do not pass through the center of the earth.

## What is a great circle Class 6?

Great circle:

**The Equator**is known as the great circle, as it is the largest circle that can be drawn on the globe. This is because the equatorial diameter of the Earth is the largest.## What is a great circle class 9?

Answer: A great circle is

**any circle that divides the earth into a circumference of two equal halves**.## What is a great circle in astronomy?

A great circle is defined as

**the intersection between the surface of a sphere and a plane containing the center of the sphere**.## How many great circles are there?

There are an

**infinite number**of great circles that can be drawn on any perfect sphere. The longitude lines on a globe all form great circles that pass through the same two points (the North Pole and the South Pole). The Equator is another great circle.## Where is great circle?

Since the Equator is of zero degrees latitude, it is the great circle. Thus, the option (A) is correct. Note: The shortest distance in between any two points on the surface of Earth is attained along the curve of a great circle.

## How many latitudes are great circles?

There are

**five major circles of latitude**, listed below from north to south. The position of the Equator is fixed (90 degrees from Earth’s axis of rotation) but the latitudes of the other circles depend on the tilt of this axis relative to the plane of Earth’s orbit, and so are not perfectly fixed.## Why is great circle the shortest distance?

**Since the earth is a sphere, the shortest path between two points is expressed by the great circle distance, corresponding to an arc linking two points on a sphere**. The circumference inferred from these two points divides the earth into two equal parts, thus the great circle.

## What are the parts of great circle?

Great circles are easilye based on the lines of latitude and longitude. Each line of longitude, or meridian, is the same length and represents half of a great circle. This is because each meridian has a corresponding line on the opposite side of the Earth.

## Why all longitudes are great circles?

All longitudes are considered great circles because they cover the entire distance from one pole to another.