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Moon Phases

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Jayden Kerr

on 29 March 2017

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Transcript of Moon Phases

Why does the Moon have phases?
The moon has phases because as it orbits around earth, it reflects off the sun
Depending the position of the moon, angle, and the sun is where the light will reflect off the moon's surface.
The moon travels on an ellipse around the earth from west to east.
What are the moon phases?
New Moon
Waxing Crescent
First Quarter
Waxing Gibbous
Full Moon
Waning Gibbous
Last Quarter
Waning Cresent
Full Moon
The moon appears brightest when the sun and moon aligned opposite sides of Earth
180 degress.
The moon and the sun is at an angle about.5 and the moon is about 15 days old.
Moon phase resources for students
Websites to help teach about the moon and its phases.



How does the moon shine bright?
The moonlight we see is actually moon's surface reflecting off the sun's light.
The brightness you see depends on where the moon is on its orbit around the earth.
The moon travels around the earth once about every 28 days.

Moon Phases
New Moon
First phase
positioned between Earth and the sun.
It is too close to the sun to be visible.
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