You probably know the equator and the polar circle, which are famous geodetic latitudes. But did you know the 52nd degree of latitude runs straight through our campus at Delft University of Technology? This line is recently made visible. Join the opening event on 25 October, 16.30 at the blue line crossing the Mekelpark.Thousands of people cross 52° North everyday on campus. When Professor Ramon Hanssen (department of Geoscience & Remote Sensing) realised this years ago, he came up with the idea to make it visible. This is why there is now a blue line crossing the campus, between the glass part of the building of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences and the faculty of 3mE.
52° North hasn’t always been in this location. Because our continents constantly move due to plate tectonics, the line constantly shifts. Or to be precise: the line stays in place but the continent of Eurasia moves under it. To visualise this time effect of the line, the researchers have calculated where the line used to be during six historical events. When TU Delft was founded, for instance, the line used to be 3 metres from where it is now.
On Thursday, 25 October the line will be officially opened with students and employees of the department bridging the gap between where the line used to be at the beginning of our time towards where 52° North is now in 2018.
- Date: Thursday 25 October 2018
- Time: 16.30, followed by drinks in PSOR (faculty bar of CEG)
- Location: Campus TU Delft, the blue line in the Mekelpark, between the glass part of the building of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences and the faculty of 3mE