While traveling from home to distant locations, it is easy to feel both a sense of unfamiliarity as well as familiarity with the change in location, especially when considering the view of day and night skies. The position of celestial objects like the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars is directly related to viewing latitude. In the classroom, students can take virtual trips to different latitudes through the use of handheld manipulative models such as the Earth Space Simulator (See internet resources), or the celestial sphere, or by conducting the featured activity in this article.
Ideas For Use
In this activity, students make a series of diagrams based on different latitude positions to show the relationship between an observer's latitude and the position of the North Star and the range of motion the Sun has relative to the southern horizon. Use an Earth globe to review the latitude values for the poles, the equator, the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn with students.
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Scientific habits of mind
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