What causes the phases of the moon
The revolution of the Moon around the Earth makes the Moon appear as if it is changing shape in the sky. From Earth we see the Moon grow from a thin crescent to a full disk (or full moon) and then shrink back to a thin crescent again before vanishing for a few days.
The phases are named after how much of the moon we can see, and whether the amount visible is increasing (Waxing), or decreasing (Waning) each day.
Moon Phases WebQuest
The Moon - Webquest
Use your ipod or chromebook and the following links to complete the webquest.
1) Using the following link Moon Phases list the eight moon phases, and draw a picture of what the moon would look like from earth during each phases.
2) Using the following link Moon Data find what moon phases occurred on your birth date.
3) Using the same link Moon Data find out what moon phases will occur on December 25th 2013.
4) Using the following link Eclipses find out when the next solar and lunar eclipse will take place.
5) Using the following link Data Services find out when the next total solar eclipse will occur.
6) Using the following link Earth’s Moon find out what is the closest the moon will approach Earth, the farthest distance the moon will be from Earth, and the average distance the moon is from Earth.
7) Using the same link Earth’s Moon read the section titled Exploration & Research at the bottom of the page. Write down five facts you learned from this section.
8) Using the following link How was the moon formed write down the three theories as to how the moon was formed.
9) Which one of the theories presented in question 8 do you believe is right? Use at least two lines of evidence from the text to prove your theory.
10) Watch the following Moon Formation Video write down five interesting facts about the formation of the moon that you learned from this video.