This Phenomenon Only Happens in Hawaii ... and Cuba, Nigeria, Indonesia, Peru, Sudan, Laos and…

What do Hawaii, Nigeria, and Peru have in common? Each of these locations, plus many others, get to see the subsolar point! But, what is it? A video from a comprehensive physics playlist puts the phenomenon at the forefront by explaining how the sun comes to be directly overhead, creating a shadowless landscape.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Check out the unique statue in Honolulu created for the sole purpose of observing the subsolar point
  • Feature the video in a lesson about seasons and Earth's tilt
Classroom Considerations

  • Individuals should be familiar with common geographical features such as the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn
Pros

  • The video is impactful and features eerie images and interesting content
  • Conveys scientific explanations concisely and in student-friendly terms
Cons

  • None
Common Core