phys203 - homework 6_Solutions - Homework 6 1. There is...

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Homework 6 1. There is more daylight during the summer than during the winter because of the summer and winter solstices. During the winter solstice the sun travels a higher and longer arc, allowing its light to reach us for more hours of the day. The path that the sun takes in the winter is a lot lower. 2. During a lunar eclipse the phase of the moon is a full moon, and the eclipse will only occur if the moon passes into some part of the earth’s shadow. During a solar eclipse the phase of the moon is a new moon, and it is when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. 3. The eclipse is not just another phase of the moon because it does not occur as often as the other phases. The moon’s orbit takes it higher and lower than the earth’s orbit and so only at specific times can eclipses occur; when those orbits align. 4. A lunar eclipse does not occur every month because this is only when the orbits of the moon and earth align so that the moon falls in the earth’s shadow. The orbits do not do this on a monthly
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