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How the Sun moves across our sky, Northern Hemisphere Vantage Point

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In this video we track the sun across the sky and see how the Sun's path changes over time. The vantage point for this video is the northern hemisphere. Sunrise and sunset for the equinoxes and the solstices are simulated and studied. In the digging deeper section we look at a how the sun moves month by month and how that’s a repeatable, recurring pattern.

Did you know that the sun changes its position in the sky each day as well as the location of where it rises and sets. Did you know that the sun only rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west on only two days a year? Were you aware that the sun goes through a regular, repeating cycle that changes through the seasons?
Do you know why is it incorrect to call March 20th the Vernal Equinox? Find out by watching this video.

In the teacher to teacher section I’ll give you a few hints and helps to show you more how to use this free computer program called Stellarium which will turn your classroom computer into a planetarium. Stellarium, is a free, open-source computer program used by many professional Planetariums around the world. How to set up your location, time and date along with other tips for using this program in your classroom.

The video includes three parts:
1) Main content, directed to the learner
2) Digging Deeper a more in-depth look at the topic
3) Teacher to Teacher—hints and helps about how to use the featured computer program, Stellarium.

Additional videos and written materials on this topic are available, however these are optional; this video stands alone. Engaging Science Labs produces materials that are useful for classroom or homeschool environments.

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• The Sun’s location of sunrise and sunset changes each day and progresses in a recurring pattern.
• The Sun only rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west on the equinoxes.

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