This animation demonstrates very simply how different elements at different heights, let off energy that we see as different colors.
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Axis tilt means that as a planet goes around the Sun
, it isnít sitting straight up--itís tilted! The Earth is tilted by 23.5 degrees
, which means that sometimes the northern hemisphere is tilted toward the Sun and sometimes it is tilted away from the Sun.
Not all the planets have the same amount of tilt. Jupiter has almost no tilt (3 degrees). Venus has almost 180 degrees of tilt, which means that itís spinning upside-down (at least relative to our definition of up). Uranus has a tilt of almost 90 degrees, which means that it's spinning on its side!
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