Science ObjectDigital resources are stored online in your NSTA Library.
Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach.This Science Object, co-developed between NASA and NSTA, is the last of four Science Objects in the Earth, Sun, and Moon SciPack. It provides an understanding of why we have different seasons on Earth and why seasons vary from one location on Earth and another. The Sun is the major source of energy for phenomena on Earth’s surface. The seasons are caused by the tilt of Earth’s axis with respect to the plane of its orbit around the Sun. Because the angle and direction of tilt does not change as Earth orbits the Sun, during half of the year the north polar region tilts toward the Sun, resulting in increased heating (summer) and away from the Sun during the other half of the year, resulting in cooling (winter). The seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere.