Resource Type
Web Link
Elementary and Up
International Polar Foundation
General Earth Science
Earth Science
Earth System, Structure, and Processes
Polar Science
General Polar Science

This detailed animation shows how the Earth is lit by the Sun throughout the year. The lighting of the Arctic and the Antarctic is detailed for every month of the year to help explain, among other things, the resulting polar night.

The animation is available in the following languages:

  • English:
  • Dutch:
  • French:

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