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. The same thing happens with the Moon. When the Moon is orbiting around the Earth, we see different parts of the Moon at different times. This makes the Moon seem to disappear slowly and then reappear. 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.

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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