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Moon Phases

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Nataly Vela

on 25 October 2012

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What are the moon phases? Moon Phases Waxing Crescent First Quarter Waxing Gibbous Waning Gibbous Full Moon Third Quarter Waning Crescent The waning crescent is when the sunlight portion is still decreasing (shrinking), but is less than half full of light. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bluemoon1.html
Moon Phases iPhone App.
http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_phases.phtml
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/moon_phases.php Resources: First Quarter Full moon is when the entire part of the moon we can see, is illuminated my the sun because of how the sun, Earth, and moon are aligned.
On this date, it was a blue moon the second full moon in the calendar month. Usually there is only one full moon per month. This does not happen every month, that is why there is the saying, "Once in a blue moon." After a full moon, the sunlight portion starts to decrease. Waning gibbous is when the sunlight is shrinking, but the moon is more than half full. Third Quarter New Moon When the moon is positioned between the earth and the sun, it is aligned perfectly to where you cannot see the sunlight that is on the opposite side of the moon. To us, it looks completely dark. Then the whole process starts over! Waxing crescent is when the sunlight is increasing (growing) from a new moon, but the sunlight portion is less than half of the moon. First quarter (or half moon) is when the moon is when the moon is half illuminated and half in shadow as the sunlight portion is growing. Waxing gibbous is after the first quarter when the sunlight portion is still increasing but more than half full. Third quarter (or half moon) is when the moon is half illuminated and half in shadow. Similar to the first quarter, but sunlight portion is on the opposite side because the light is shrinking. Games and Videos Can you put the missing moon phase on the lunar calendar? To try it, click the link below!
http://sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/moon/moon_challenge/moon_challenge.html


Do you want to see how the moon looks as it orbits earth, and how the moon looks like from our point of view? Take a look at this neat video!
http://www.sumanasinc.com/webcontent/animations/content/moonphase.html

This one is a great one too. Take a look!
http://astro.unl.edu/naap/lps/animations/lps.swf
Here are all of the moon phases together. Look at how the light grows and shrinks!
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