MOON PHASES BY: CECELIA TROYAN & LILLY BENNETT
Cecelia Troyan & Lilly Bennett
Today class, we will be studying a new topic!
Does anyone know anything about the moon?
The moon goes through eight different phases, and goes through a lunar cycle, or lunar month, which takes 29.5 days.
Very good! Why don't you tell us more about these moon phases.
The moon seems to change it's shape almost every night, however that is not the case. Instead, it is really just the amount light reflected off of the moon depending on the moon's position in the sky compared to the viewer's position on the Earth. There are eight different phases. New Moon, Waxing Crescent First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon Waning Gibbous, Third Quater, and Waning Cresent.
The "New Moon," is when there is no sunlight reflecting off of the moon as it is too close to the sun. Because of that, we do not see a moon in the sky on that night.
The "Waxing Crescent moon is the second phase. As the moon turns, the right side becomes visable. During the Waxing Crescent stages, viewers see between 1% - 49% of the moon in the sky.
When the moon is exactly half full, it is what we call a First Quarter moon. That is because the moon has made one quarter of it's way around the Earth. The entire right side of the moon is illuminated.
"Waxing Gibbous" is what you call the moon as it continues to shift closer and closer towards being a full moon. During this time, viewers see between 51% - 99% of the moon.
Finally, the moon reaches its half way roatation around the Earth, and we see the full moon light up the sky.
As the moon continues it's roation, as there is only one full moon per month only with rare exceptions, we see the moon start to fade away in the reverse sequence of which we saw it come.
We call these phases, Waning Gibbious, Third Quarter, and Waning Crescent.
The moon then returns to its original position, and we once again experience the New Moon phase.
This cycle occurs monthly, which is why we only have one full moon per month, except when we experience a blue moon, and the cycle overlaps into two full moons in one month.
When this happens however, the moon does not literally turn blue.
That was exactly right. Great Job!
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But I have another question. Where did you learn all of that information? You never seem to pay attention in class.
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The internet is a pretty magical place.