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The Sun's Path
http://users.cecs.anu.edu.au/~Andres.Cuevas/Sun/SunPath/SunPath.html

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

The tilt of Earth’s axis relative to its orbit around the Sun results in predictable changes in the duration of daylight and the amount of sunlight received at any latitude throughout a year. These changes cause the annual cycle of seasons and associated temperature changes.
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The number of hours of daylight and the intensity of the sunlight both vary in a predictable pattern that depends on how far north or south of the equator the place is. This variation explains why temperatures vary over the course of the year and at different locations.
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Because the earth turns daily on an axis that is tilted relative to the plane of the earth's yearly orbit around the sun, sunlight falls more intensely on different parts of the earth during the year. The difference in intensity of sunlight and the resulting warming of the earth's surface produces the seasonal variations in temperature.
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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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