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The Solstices DLESE Reviewed Collection
There are many factors that affect an area's near surface temperature. One factor is the tilt of Earth's axis relative to the sun as it moves in its orbit around the Sun. These changes are due to the orientation of the tilted rotation axis with respect to the Sun. In this lesson, students will compare near surface temperature at the time of the solstices, the astronomical beginning for either summer or winter, in two different hemispheres using temperature data found on the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS). The data comes from NASA satellite observations.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Lesson plan
  • Climatology
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: MYND-000-000-000-069
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Geochemical cycles
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Lin Chambers