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The Phases of EarthÂ’s Moon

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The Phases of Earth’s 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 sequence of events in the lunar cycle.

Everything You'll Have Covered

Why does the moon appear to shine at night?

~ The moon appears to us to be shining at night because it reflects light from the sun back to the Earth.

Why do we sometimes see only part of the moon at night?

~ We sometimes see only part of the moon at night because it passes through phases while turning on its axis, which causes parts of its surface to move in and out of the sunlight.

What are lunar phases?

~ The lunar phases are the different views of the moon's surface, as observed from Earth.

What are the eight lunar phases?

~ The eight lunar phases include new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning crescent.

Tutorial Details

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