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The Phases of the Moon
Transcript of The Phases of the Moon
expanding in light Crescent:
moon is less than half visible Wax on, Wax off, wax on, wax off
wan on, wan off, wan on, wan off. Wax on Wax on Wax off Wax off Wan on Wan off Wan on Wan off "Wan on"
WANING -> LOSING LIGHT -> WANING away... The cycle repeats about every 29 1/2 days. Let's do this again but this time with a song! During a full moon, the Sun, the Earth, and the moon are in alignment just like the new moon phase. During a Full Moon, the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth, so the entire side visible to us is reflecting the sunlight. The dark side of the moon is not visible. Gibbous:
moon is more than half full Waning:
Losing light; light reflected is shrinking or decreasing It looks half lit, but it's called First Quarter because the moon is a quarter way around it's orbit of Earth. Who remembers what crescent means? Crescent means the moon is less than half full. What is the difference between waxing and waning? Side reflecting sunlight Side viewed from Earth appears dark, we can't see the side that reflects the sunlight. New Moon:
Moon is dark because we cannot see the side that reflects the Sun's light. Crescent...
Think of the letter C a forward C and backwards C Who knows what "orbit" means? An orbit is the path of one object in space around another object. Sun's light is able to reflect off the whole side visible on Earth so we see a Full Moon. The side of the moon that is not visible to Earth is still dark, but one whole side of the moon makes it appear as a Full Moon here on Earth. Waxing means the light being reflected from the Sun is getting bigger and waning means the light being reflected from the Sun is getting smaller. The moon orbits Earth... what does Earth orbit?