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Time Lapse Season Demonstrator

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

This animation demonstrates the changing declination of the sun with a time-lapse animation. It shows how the shadow of a building changes over the course of a year as the declination of the sun changes.

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Axial tilt of Earth governs incoming sunlight and seasonality
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Teaching Tips

  • Educator needs to compose and provide background information on topic/concepts.
  • The building shown is at the University of Nebraska - educator could discuss how similar or different their school's latitude is for comparative purposes.

About the Science

  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has created this time-lapse seasons demonstrator. Images were obtained at noon - students can record various observations from this series of images and predict how the sun changes over time.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Strong visualization of solar altitude and declination with clear, consistent images matching sun location, date, and time.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • There is some support for educator teaching this concept (help tab on animation).

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See other excellent astronomy apps and animations produced at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln http://astro.unl.edu/

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