Annual Cycling movie, Flash

Imagine you are an extraterrestrial looking at earth from beyond the solar system. See earth as a sphere circling the sun. At the December solstice, the sphere is dark. At the June solstice the sphere is light. At the March and September equinoxes, the sphere is gray, balanced between light and dark. See the movie with a resizable window.

Using the above movie

You need get Flash Flash 9 or higher to see the Flash animation. The looping movie is about two seconds long, depending on computer capability or how long you linger at each stop before clicking the Play button.

angular buttons

You can control the movie by clicking the angular button controls at the bottom of the movie itself, or with the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.

Flash allows you to zoom in and out to see details of different areas. To zoom in, hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard. Click the movie, and choose Zoom in from the menu. (Not sure which browsers support this. Firefox 2.0.0.3 on Macintosh shows the zoom in menu but tries to add bookmark instead of zooming.)

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