Yasuni Natonal Park, where the equator meets the Andes, is famed for its fabulous variety of plants and animals.
An orbit near the equator was important for a variety of reasons.
Those storms kicked up in the collision zone around the equator spin westward off the coast of Cape Verde.
late 14c., from Medieval Latin aequator diei et noctis "equalizer of day and night" (when the sun is on the celestial equator, twice annually, day and night are of equal length), agent noun from Latin aequare "make equal" (see equate). Sense of "celestial equator" is earliest, extension to "terrestrial line midway between the poles" first recorded in English 1610s.