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Unformatted text preview: Laboratory 5: The Phases of the Moon Brennan Jackson ID Number: 21180889 Section Number: 120 GSI: Aaron Lee My results showed a definite shift in the moon’s position, heading in a South-Eastward direction to the point that it eventually ended up in the North-Western area of view. The beginning of observation depicted a moon as a waning gibbous, approaching the third quarter; however, when it reached the third quarter, the moon was already beyond view from the area of observation. When it reappeared, however, it showed to be a waxing crescent; between the point when it disappeared below view and reappeared above view, it had apparently passed the new moon stage, and began to head back to the full moon. This indicates that, not only does the moon change phases with the rotation, but also that the position does the same, that the moon’s orbit is not geosynchronous with any one latitude on the Earth, but changes. The fact that the moon’s rising and setting changes because of this and the Earth, but changes....
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- Spring '10
- Aaron Lee, Brennan Jackson