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Moon Gazing

Observe the Phases of the Moon

Materials:

  • Pencil

  • Paper

  • Clipboard

  • Clock

Steps:

1. Copy the chart below onto a piece of paper.



2. Choose a clear night and go outside and observe the shape of the moon. Color the first moon-like shape identical to the Moon in the sky.


3. Wait two nights and observe the shape of the Moon again and color the second circle.


4. Continue this until each of the eight moon-like shapes are completed.


Fun Fact: The Moon does not shine any of its own light on to Earth. We can see the Moon from Earth because it is reflecting the light from the Sun. On Earth, it looks like the Moon is changing shape, but the Moon is spinning slowly on its axis as it revolves around Earth-- this changes the amount of light we can see.



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