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The Story Behind Our Seasons
By Laura G. Smith
  

1     Maybe the summer season is your favorite time of year - school's out, the weather's warm - you might take a trip to the beach or hang out at your neighborhood pool. The fall season usually makes us think of leaves changing colors or the kick-off of a new football season. Then the winter months follow, bringing colder air and maybe snow for sledding or an icy pond for skating. Maybe spring is the season you look forward to the most! The blossoming trees and flowers can surely brighten things up after the drab, gray days of winter. All four of the seasons display their own unique characteristics, but what causes the change?
 
2     There are two things that cause the change in seasons: the Earth's orbit (the path it travels around the sun), and the tilt of the Earth's axis (which is at an angle of 23.5 degrees).
 
3     It takes the Earth one year to make a single orbit (or revolution). At the same time the Earth is revolving around the sun, it is also spinning (or rotating) on its axis. The Earth completes one rotation every 24 hours.

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