I’m having trouble understanding this sentence:
“The seasons are a result the 23.5 degree inclination of Earth’s rotational axis in relation to the plane around which it orbits the Sun.”
What does “it” refer to? Is it earth or earth’s rotational axis? Please help me rephrase this sentence. I look forward to your feedback.
It isn’t really clear from the original sentence, but the 23.5 degrees is between the rotation axis of the Earth (i.e. the line between the north pole and the south pole) and the normal to the plane in which the Earth’s orbit around the sun lies (i.e. the plane in which a line between the sun and the earth would always be part of).
I dunno, this sentence uses “it” to refer to the sun in the first clause, then “its rotational axis” to refer to the Earth’s rotational axis at the beginning of the second clause, and then “it” at the end of the second clause to refer to the sun again. Also, I believe the first comma should be a semicolon. But I like the general idea.
“Earth does not orbit the sun while rotating perpendicular to it; rather, the Earth’s rotational axis is at a 23.5° angle to the sun, which results in seasonal differences.”