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The Sun's Path

Australian National University

An interactive visualization tool to examine geocentric seasonal and latitudinal variability in solar energy reaching Earth's surface.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Axial tilt of Earth governs incoming sunlight and seasonality
About Teaching Principle 1
Other materials addressing 1c

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Make sure students read the directions before launching the interactive.

About the Science

  • An interactive that allows learners to investigate the path of the sun from any latitude on Earth.
  • Can be related to seasons and to why temperatures are high or low in certain months.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Can provide insights for Essential Principle 1 on how the Sun drives Earth's climate system and Essential Principle 4 on variability of time and space.
  • Will require an instructor who is familiar with and comfortable with the astronomical aspects of the tool.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Good background materials for teachers.

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