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Unformatted text preview: would be visible from the Earth as it goes around the Earth. One side of the Moon is always facing the Earth, since the orbital period is the same as the rotation period. The time for it to complete a cycle of phases is 29.5 days. I don't think we can just call it that, can we? No, of course not; we'll have to give it a more "scientific name." We refer to this time as the Synodic Period . This is just the time it takes for the same Earth-Sun-Moon alignments to occur again, so it is the time for the Moon to go from one Full Moon to the next Full Moon, or the time it takes to go from one first quarter moon to the next first quarter moon - either way, it is 29.5 days....
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course AST AST1002 taught by Professor Emilyhoward during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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