Night and Day Difference

What causes the daily change from daylight to darkness? Day turns into night because the Earth rotates on its axis. The Earth's axis is an imaginary line that cuts through the Earth from the North Pole to the South Pole. The Earth spins in a counter-clockwise direction.

South Pole

North Pole

South Pole

Let's demonstrate the difference between night and day. You will need: globe flashlight


1. In a very dark room, set the globe on a table, as demonstrated in the picture.

2. Standing five to ten feet away, aim the flashlight at the globe.

3. Have a friend slowly rotate the globe on its axis.

4. Discover what parts of the world are sleeping when it is daytime in your community.

North Pole

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