Shadow Length Change ```Name: Rndy Status: other Grade: other Location: NV Country: N/A Date: N/A ``` Question: Why does the length of a shadow change during the day? Replies: Rndy, Try this (you will need a ruler, pencil and two sheets of paper): 1) draw two upright lines of exactly the same height (about 3cm in height should do), one line per piece of paper. 2) For one of the lines draw a point or dot at a distance of, maybe 20cm to the right and about 2cm higher than the top of the original line. 3) Now, draw a line from the dot to the top of the upright line and continue the line until the line you are drawing is at about the same height as the bottom of the upright line. The distance of the end of the line you've just drawn to the bottom of the upright line is the length of the "shadow" of the upright line. 4) Do the same for the second line, BUT draw the point (or dot) at a distance of maybe 10cm to the right and 5cm higher than the top of the upright line. Then draw the line as in #3 above. 5) You should note that the "shadows" are of different lengths. Can you tell why? Greg (Roberto Gregorius) Click here to return to the Astronomy Archives

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