How does the position of the earth as it revolves around the sun affect the seasons?

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Sean F. Share
Feb 18, 2016

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The Earth rotates on a tilted axis that always points in the same direction. As such, the angle at which the Sun's rays hit the earth change over the course of the year, thereby creating the seasons.

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The Earth's axis is an imaginary pole going through the center of Earth. The Earth spins around this pole.

The Earth has seasons because this axis doesn't stand up straight. The axis is tilted and always points in the same direction as the Earth orbits the Sun.

During the June-August months the northern hemisphere gets direct sun rays translating into its summer season. Conversely, the southern hemisphere gets indirect sun rays translating into its winter.

During the December-February months the southern hemisphere gets direct sun rays translating into its summer season. Conversely, the northern hemisphere gets indirect sun rays translating into its winter.

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