Earth's orbit showing seasons

Earth's orbit showing seasons

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Credit: MARK GARLICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Earth's orbit showing seasons. Computer diagram of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, showing how the planet's tilted axis gives rise to the seasons. Each hemisphere experiences winter when it is pointed away from the Sun, and summer when it is pointed towards the Sun.

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