Day and Night

Sunset gives way to Night
Credit: Chris Gin

We get day and night because the Earth spins on its axis. Every day it completes one rotation. As the Earth turns, the Sun and stars appear to rise in the East and set in the West.

Learn more about the rotation of the Earth. Use the movies in the table below to view the sky during each season. What you see also depends on where you are in the world!

Have you noticed that your shadow is sometimes longer or shorter? You can explore the effect the position of the Sun has on your shadow!


Season Horizon View (300KB) World View (250KB)
Spring View Movie View Movie
Summer View Movie View Movie
Autumn View Movie View Movie
Winter View Movie View Movie

If you are not sure how best to use the movies in the table, try our Day and Night Workshop. And why not have a go with the World Day and Night Workshop?!