Gravity Simulator

Orbital Demonstration

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Age on Other Planets

Daytime Shadows

Have you noticed that your shadow doesn't always look the same? Our cartoon shows why shadows change during the day.

When an object (like the stick in the cartoon) blocks some of the Sun's light, it casts a shadow. The shadow always points away from the Sun. How long the shadow is depends on how low or high the Sun is in the sky. If the Sun is low, we see a longer shadow. Is the Sun is high, we see a shorter shadow.