Why Does the Sun "Rise" and "Set"?
Exploring the Earth's Daily Cycle

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National Science Education Standards

Earth and Space Science

  • Objects in the sky have patterns of movement. The sun, for example, appears to move across the sky in the same way every day. (K-4)

  • Most objects in the solar system are in regular and predictable motion. Those motions explain phenomena such as the day, the year, phases of the moon, and eclipses. (5-8)

National Geography Standards
  • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information.
  • How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface.