The phases of the moon1

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The phases of the moon1

  1. 1. The Phases of the Moon Ms. Ferguson’s Class Mrs. Cassidy’s 2nd Grade Class
  2. 2. Basic Moon Facts: • The Moon does not actually give off light. The light that we see is the Sun's light reflected by the Moon. • The bright part of the Moon is the part that the Sun is shining on. This is like daytime on Earth. • The dark part is in shadow, like night on Earth. • It takes the Moon about 1 month to complete its orbit around the Earth.
  3. 3. New Moon • At new moon, the Moon and the sun are on the same side of Earth. • We see the part of the Moon that is in shadow, so the Moon is dark.
  4. 4. Waxing Crescent • “Waxing” means shrinking. •“Waxing” means growing. •One thin edge of the Moon is lit up and we see a crescent.
  5. 5. First Quarter Moon • After a week, the Moon has traveled one quarter of its orbit around the Earth and we see a half Moon. • The moon is still appearing to grow.
  6. 6. Waxing Gibbous • “Waxing” means growing. • Gibbous means swollen on one side.
  7. 7. Full Moon • The sun and the Moon are on opposite sides of the Earth. • The Moon is completely lit.
  8. 8. Waning Gibbous • Waning Means shrinking • Gibbous means swollen on one side.
  9. 9. Last Quarter Moon • A week later, we see a half Moon again. • The Moon is still appearing to become smaller.
  10. 10. Waning Crescent • “Waning” means shrinking. • We see a thin edge of the Moon again.
  11. 11. New Moon • We are back to the New Moon! • The Moon then starts its orbit around the Earth again!
  12. 12. Sources: • http://www.southernskyphoto.com/moon/images/jpg • http://www.davidmalin.com/fujii/image/af11- 19_72.jpg • www.robgendlerastropics.com • The Moon By: Gail Gibbons

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