The Cycle of the Seasons in Astronomy


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The southern solstice is traditionally referred to as the:

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1. March 21st is the date that marks the:

2. The point in Earth's orbit where it's closest to the sun is called the:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will gauge your understanding of season cycles in astronomy. Topics covered in the quiz include the southern solstice and the significance of March 21st.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Alternate name for the southern solstice
  • What March 21st signifies
  • When the Sun reaches its southernmost point

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the event marking the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere
  • Information recall - access what you've learned regarding the point in Earth's orbit when it is closest to the Sun
  • Lesson comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related astronomy lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about the seasons on Earth, review the corresponding lesson titled The Cycles of the Seasons in Astronomy. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand the factor making the four seasons on Earth possible
  • Appreciate where the Sun will be in the sky from a human perspective during the seasons
  • Identify the two equinoxes and the two solstices and their characteristics
  • Describe the three factors determining the cycles and temperatures of seasons