Which of the following statements best explains why sunlight would reach two places on Earth at different angles?

  1. Because sunlight does not travel from the Sun to the Earth in straight lines, sunlight hits different places at different angles.
  2. Because sunlight does not travel from the Sun in parallel lines, sunlight hits different places at different angles.
  3. Because the Earth is spherical, sunlight hits different places at different angles.
  4. Because the Earth’s axis is tilted sunlight hits different places at different angles.

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Grades 6–827%
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Male30%
Female27%
Primary Language is English27%
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