An interactive simulation of Earth's seasonal dynamics that includes the axial tilt and other aspects of Earth's annual cycle.
This is part of a larger lab from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln: http://astro.unl.edu/naap/motion1/motion1.html
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If you need more information, see Student Guide dealing with the simulator and two activities that use it--Rotating Sky and Motions of the Sun--at [link http://astro.unl.edu/naap/motion1/motion1.html].
Make sure to note the lack of scale to students.
This simulation is part of a larger lab that covers terrestrial coordinates and the celestial equatorial coordinate system, allowing users to explore the motion of the sun and how it relates to seasons.
Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
The simulator and short investigations that are part of the lab may help users appreciate the complex dynamics of Earth's orbit as an important aspect of understanding Earth's climate.
Easy-to-use, intuitive simulation that, with minimal guidance, can complement other activities around seasonal dynamics.