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Moon Phases 101

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    185385
  • To Do To Answer
    Read about the phases of the moon
    • Why can people on earth only see one side of the moon at all times?
    • How is the last question important in our understanding of the phases of the moon?
    • How much of the moon is lit by the sun at all times?

    Watch the animation. 

    Work through the interactive. Click on Monthly Cycles.

    • Draw each phases of the moon and label with the phase name.
    • Define waxing and waning.