Seasons and Constellations Quiz – Study Guide

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Seasons Quiz 13 – Study Guide
Facts to Know:
1. When is the Earth closest/nearest to the Sun? _________
2. Earth rotates ____ to _____ so stars, the Sun, and Moon appear to rise in the ____ and
set in the ____.
3. A Sundial’s inclination in Anchorage should equal _____ degrees. (= ___________ )
4. Number of degrees Earth is tilted ______ to the ___________.
5. Daylight hours appear to change the most quickly near the ___________ (seasons).
6. What season begins (and what DATE is it) when the Sun is located directly over
a. Tropic of Cancer
b. Equator
c. Tropic of Capricorn
7. What is the latitude of the Arctic Circle? _____, Tropic of Cancer? ______,
Tropic of Capricorn? _____; Equator? _____; Antarctic Circle? _______.
8. Number of daylight hours at the equinoxes _____ and where? ___________
9. Two reasons why we have seasons on Earth
10. What did Foucault’s pendulum prove?
Vocabulary
1. latitude
2. solstice
3. equinox
4. rotation
5. revolution
6. Polaris
7. Altitude
8. azimuth
9. zenith
10. oblique (rays of Sun)
11. solar noon
12. direct (vertical)
Be able to
1. Locate the equator, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circles
2. Determine what season is depicted when given a Sun and tilted Earth.
3. Tell how the seasons differ in N and S hemispheres.
4. Which parts of the Earth receive NO sunlight at which times of year.
5. Predict how our seasons would be different if we had NO tilt.
6. Draw an analemma and label significant dates.
7. When and Why did people build Stonehenge?
8. What factor is the biggest consideration when determining how many daylight hours a
location gets throughout a year?
BONUS or Other Questions (or maybe possible)
1. What is the altitude of the sun in Anchorage on Dec 21? ___;
2. June 21? ___;
3. Sept 21?___.
4. Where does the sun rise (azimuth degrees) in Anchorage on June 22? ____
On Dec 22? ___
On March 22? ___ (see Hemisphere’s Activity)
5. Draw an analemma for Mars.
6. If the Earth were tilted at 40o , where would a Tropic of Cancer be located? _____
Where would the Arctic Circle be? ______
7. Why is the Tropic of Cancer called the “Tropic of Cancer” and not Tropic of
“something else?”
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