What season is Australia having in this graphic?
SpringNo. In the spring, the Earth's axis would not be tilted towards or away from the Sun.
SummerYes! Australia is in the southern hemisphere, which is tilted towards the Sun. That tells us that it is summer there.
AutumnNo. In the autumn, the Earth's axis would not be tilted towards or away from the Sun.
WinterNo. Australia is in the southern hemisphere. If it was having winter, then the southern hemisphere would be tilted away from the Sun.
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SC.4.E.5.1 Observe that the patterns of stars in the sky stay the same although they appear to shift across the sky nightly, and different stars can be seen in different seasons.
SC.8.E.5.9 Explain the impact of objects in space on each other including: 1. the Sun on the Earth including seasons and gravitational attraction 2. the Moon on the Earth, including phases, tides, and eclipses, and the relative position of each body.
5-ESS1-2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.
MS-ESS1-1 Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.