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The Moon

Earth & Space Science

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You get to explore the relationship between our Earth, the sun, and the moon, learning about tides, eclipses, seasons, and ocean currents. Manipulate a sun-Earth-moon model to investigate eclipses.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain the characteristics of the Moon.

Everything You'll Have Covered

Why do we always see the same side of the Moon?

~ Because the Moon rotates at the same speed that it orbits the Earth, the time it takes to complete one full rotation on its axis is equal to the amount of time it takes for it to make a single orbit around the Earth. As a result, we always see the same side of the Moon.

Why aren't the Earth, Moon, and Sun always in the same alignment?

~ The Earth, Moon, and Sun are not always in the same alignment because the Moon revolves around the Earth at an angle of approximately five degrees.

How much does the temperature on the Moon vary between its light and dark sides?

~ The temperature can vary from as much as 180 degrees centigrade on the light side and

-170 degrees on the dark side.

What causes the craters on the Moon's surface?

~ The craters on the Moon's surface are caused by the impact of celestial objects that crash into the Moon.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should have a general understanding of the moon and the rotation of the moon.
Course Earth & Space Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary moon, rotation of the moon,