Sample Moon Problems

Sample Moon Problems - If the moon is directly overhead...

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Practice Problems for the Moon Note: All of these can be answered without referencing your data or workbook. Your model for the phases of the moon is all you need. If you find yourself needing to look outside the model for answers, please come to see me. Explain your reasoning (with pictures) in each case. 1. You find yourself kidnapped by aliens then mysteriously released in a strange place. For all you know it could be another planet but you are thankful to see a familiar moon. You are cold and so want to know when the sun will come up. Do you need to know where you are on Earth to answer this question? How long will it take for the sun to rise if you see a full moon directly overhead? Estimate how long till sunrise if you see a full moon in the western sky? (The aliens left you with a compass.) Estimate how long till sunrise if you see a waxing crescent in the eastern sky? Estimate how long till sunrise if you see a waning crescent in the eastern sky?
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Unformatted text preview: If the moon is directly overhead, what phase would indicate that the Sun is about to come up? What phase would indicate that the Sun just went down? 2. Use your moon model to predict the following. Predict the phase of the moon if it rises at 9 a.m. Predict the phase of the moon if it sets at 9 p.m. Predict the phase of the moon if it is overhead at 9 a.m. Predict the phase of the moon if it is overhead at 9 p.m. Predict the phase of the moon if it rises at 9 p.m. Predict the phase of the moon if it sets at 9 a.m. 3. The moon is in a waning gibbous phase. You and your friends want to go night skiing in one week. What phase will the moon be in then? What time will it rise? If you decide to put the trip off could you suggest a better time to go? That is, two weeks from now? Three weeks from now? When?...
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