Science 101: Do other planets have summer?by: George Nelson

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This articles tackles the question of whether other planets have a summer, what it consists of and how their summers relate and differ from our own on Earth.

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  • on Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:52 PM

This article is a great resource to use in understanding the reason for the seasons. It is explained thoroughly, but without all the scientific jumble that makes it quick and easy to understand. it poses many great thinking questions about whether or not other planets do have summer or not? And why? Great article, and well written!!!!

Lori L
Lori L

  • on Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:42 PM

This was an article that was great for those who are short on time and need things to be right to the point! It explains that without the Earth's tilt, we would have no seasons....just as other planets epxerience! It also shares information about other planets that experience similar seasons like Earth but length is different because of their placement in the solar system. Great easy read that most of your students could comprehend if you are teaching upper elementary!

Shawna Paynter  (Barboursville, WV)
Shawna Paynter (Barboursville, WV)

  • on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:39 AM

Summers on Earth are due to the tilt of the Earth on its axis. Using this information you can then pretty much determine if summers exist on other planets. This is a great question to pose to students after an understanding of the reason to seasons. This article would be a great culmination and extension to understanding seasons as they occur on Earth.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue May 03, 2011 9:33 PM

This article not only addresses the issue of why there are seasons on Earth, it also points out interesting facts about seasons on other planets. This could make a great engage activity, or an excellent explain activity as students compare seasons on Earth to seasons on other planets. Very interesting information!!

Susanne Hokkanen  (Orland Park, IL)
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)

  • on Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:56 AM

This is a Q&A article that answers the question "Do other planets have summer?". It is an excellent resource for educators who need a refresher on why we have seasons. The author begins by explaining why we have summer on earth. He does address the common misconception that earth has seasons because we are closer to the sun during the summer. He then explains the seasons (or lack there of) on each planet in our solar system. This article is some what outdated because it refers to Pluto as a planet.

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

  • on Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:55 PM

A full, brief explanation of the reason for seasons on Earth opens this informative article. Although the writing can get confusing in places, overall this is an excellent explanation of the tilt of each of the 9 planets (yes, 9!) and the effect of that tilt on the seasons or lack thereof on each planet. Included in the explanation is a brief mention of the planets' atmospheres and orbits and the effect those have on the temperature differences. The article will help both those who need a brief refresher and those to whom these concepts are new. Further, the explanations will help teachers lead older elementary students through the same logical progression.


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