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Earth's Axial Tilt & Orbit Around the Sun

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In terms of the Earth's orbit, what is a year?

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1. What is the angle between the Earth's rotational axis and the Earth's orbit around the Sun?

2. What shape is the Earth's orbit around the Sun?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Earth's orbit affects our weather, our calendar and the ability of the planet to sustain life. Use these review materials to test your knowledge of this important astronomical phenomenon.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on:

  • How well you understand the definition of precession
  • What eccentricity means
  • The shape of Earth's orbit
  • Why we measure a year the way we do
  • The angle of Earth's axis

Skills Practiced

Use these review materials to practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Earth's orbit in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as precession and eccentricity
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Earth's axis tilt

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about Earth's orbit, watch the accompanying video lesson titled Earth's Axial Tilt & Orbit Around the Sun. This lesson goes in-depth on key terms to know and use when discussing the Earth's orbit. When you view the video lesson, you'll:

  • Study why our calendar looks the way it does
  • Define orbital plane, eccentricity and axial tilt--among other key terms
  • Learn what some diagrams of the solar system get wrong
  • Discover how the Earth's orbit and axial tilt change over time
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