<img src="https://d5nxst8fruw4z.cloudfront.net/atrk.gif?account=iA1Pi1a8Dy00ym" style="display:none" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
Dismiss
Skip Navigation
Our Terms of Use (click here to view) have changed. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our new Terms of Use.
You are viewing an older version of this Concept. Go to the latest version.

Seasons

The seasons are the result of Earth's axial tilt; describes solstices and equinoxes.

Atoms Practice
Estimated4 minsto complete
%
Progress
Practice Seasons
Practice
Progress
Estimated4 minsto complete
%
Practice Now
Turn In
Shrinking Shadows
Teacher Contributed

Shrinking Shadows

Topic

Correlating shadows with seasons

Student Exploration

Is it possible to not have a shadow?

Where on earth would you experience no shadow cast by the sun at noon?

Extension Investigation

  1. Shadows are affected by the location of the sun. Where is the sun in relation to the bike that is casting a shadow?
  2. What is unusual about the following image? What does this tell us about the location of the sun?
  3. What can make the location of the sun change other than the time of day? Why is the size of Shaq’s shadow changing over the course of a week? http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2002/21jun_shadows/
  4. Here is an investigation that you can do to explore the changing of seasons further: http://www.exploratorium.edu/ancientobs/chaco/HTML/TG-shadows.html
  5. What do you think? Where should we be standing to experience absolutely no shadow at noon?

Resources Cited

Stian Martinsen. Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/vorty/148420150/

Drain. Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuffandnonsense/15402500/

Matt Benton. Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/z-two/4436536543/sizes/z/in/photostream/

NASA. http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2002/21jun_shadows/

Exploratorium. http://www.exploratorium.edu/ancientobs/chaco/HTML/TG-shadows.html

    Notes/Highlights Having trouble? Report an issue.

    Color Highlighted Text Notes
    Please to create your own Highlights / Notes
    Show More

    Image Attributions

    Explore More

    Sign in to explore more, including practice questions and solutions for Seasons.
    Please wait...
    Please wait...
    Add Note
    Please to create your own Highlights / Notes