Why The Stars Change With The Seasons

Published on February 5, 2023 by

 Just like Earth, the heavens have their own seasons. Join James Albury and Dean Regas as they explain why stars seem to slowly drift across the sky from east to west and change according to season. These phenomena are associated with Earth’s rotation on its axis and revolution around the sun. If we glance at the sky at a particular time of any season, we will observe that the stars overhead will be much different than the previous season. For instance, Leo appears in spring; Orion appears in winter; and Pegasus and Pleiades appear in autumn.

This video satisfies the 5-ESS1-2 requirement of fifth-grade science proficiency.

Students who demonstrate understanding can: 5-ESS1-2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.

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