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View Resource Animated Tutorials: Astronomy

This web site contains four animated tutorials that demonstrate different astronomy concepts. These include: Lunar Phases shows how the motion of the moon relative to the Earth and Sun change the appearance of the moon; Sidereal and Synodic Months demonstrates the rotation of the Earth around the Sun, and the rotation of the Moon around the Earth, defines different periods of time; Blackbody...

View Resource The Moon

This is a series of web pages on the Earth's Moon. It includes information about the Moon as observed by the eye from Earth, its orbital period, its phases, appearance and the reason it always presents one face, There is also material on the Moon as seen through a telescope, Moon landings, and librations of the Moon, the reason more than 50% of it can be observed from Earth. This part of the...

View Resource Phases of the Moon

The Moon, Earth's only natural satellite and one of the brightest objects in its sky, appears in the sky in many different shapes. Over the course of a month, the observed shapes result from the interaction of the Moon's orbit around the Earth and the sunlight reflected from it. This interactive resource explains the relationship between the Moon's orbit and its phases, and also explains how...

View Resource Moon Calendar

This web application shows the phases of the Moon for each day of a selected month from any given latitude and longitude. The calendar can be set from 3999 BC to 3999 AD. Each day can be looked at individually, or can be animated to go through the phases. Other information includes the distance to the Moon, time of Moonrise and Moonset, and the distance to the Sun with sunrise and sunset times.

View Resource Phases of the Moon

This exercise has students use a simple physical model of the Earth, sun, and moon to understand why the moon changes phases from the perspective of Earthly observers. Students hold up balls representing the moon in a room with a single light source (representing the sun). As they turn relative to the sun, holding the "moon" out in front of them, they will see changes in how much of the side that...

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