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Moon Dances

We just learned that when one half of the Earth is lit up by the Sun, the other half of the Earth is dark. Because the moon revolves around the Earth and rotates on its axis at the same rate, on Earth we only see one side of the moon. The side we never see is called the "Dark Side of the Moon." This is not a very good name because the side of the Moon we never see gets light from the Sun, but we never see it. There are eight phases of the Moon, and the Moon cycles through all eight phases every 29 1/2 days. This is almost once a month.

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Phase 1 - New Moon
Phase 2 -Waxing Crescent Moon

Phase 3 - First Quarter Moon

Phase 4 - Waxing Gibbous Moon
Phase 5 - Full Moon
Phase 6 - Waning Gibbous Moon
Phase 7 - Last Quarter Moon
Phase 8 - Waning Crescent Moon

Entry 7: Draw the phases of the Moon in your Agronaut log. You will begin a Moon journal. Every night for one month, look outside and find the Moon in the night sky. Draw in your log book what the Moon looks like and determine what phase it is in.


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