Video Segment |03:11


Video Segment |03:11

Discusses how and why seasons are experienced differently around the earth. For a point midway between the equator and North Pole in the northern hemisphere, the solstices on June 21 and December 21 are the times when the sun is closest and farthest away. For locations on the equator there is no difference in sunlight levels during the year because it is not effected by Earth’s axis, so there are twelve hours of daylight and darkness each day. At the poles, the sun stays up during the summer and is below the horizon for three months in the winter. Seasons cause big differences in temperature and weather because the angle and direction of sunlight greatly impacts how strong its light and warmth will be.

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Related Topics

  • axis
  • Earth
  • equator
  • north pole
  • orbit
  • seasons
  • solstices
  • summer
  • winter

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