Chap 3 the Moon web - Chapter 3 Cycles of the Moon 3.1 3.2...

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Chapter 3 Cycles of the Moon 3.1 The Changeable Moon 3.2 Lunar Eclipses 3.3 Solar Eclipses 3.4 Predicting Eclipses
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The Moon Why do we see phases of the Moon? What causes eclipses?
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Why do we see phases of the Moon? Lunar phases are a consequence of the Moon’s 27.3-day orbit around Earth. Half of Moon is illuminated by Sun and half is dark. We see a changing combination of the bright and dark faces as Moon orbits. www.aerospaceed.org/animationlinks.htm
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Phases of the Moon: 29.5-day cycle new crescent first quarter gibbous full gibbous last quarter crescent waxing Moon visible in afternoon/evening. Gets “fuller” and rises later each day. waning Moon visible in late night/morning. Gets “less” and sets later each day. } }
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Lunar phases are a consequence of the Moon’s 27.3-day orbit around Earth. Phases of the Moon: 29.5-day cycle Which is it? Both; it depends on your reference point. sidereal
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