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When you look at the sky, you often see the moon. Over several weeks, the moon's appearance changes. Below is an image of the sun and earth. Based on this image, is it day or night in North America. (Click the answer you think is correct.)

Remember the side of Earth facing the sun is experiencing day. The side facing away from the Sun experiences night. Drag your mouse over or click any moon phase below to see the moon's position in relation to Earth and to the sun.

What provides light to the moon? The Earth or the sun? It takes the moon about 28 days to revolve once around the Earth. During the first phase of the moon, it is on the side of Earth experiencing daylight. You cannot see the moon during this phase from Earth.

 

Rise and Shine!

Journal Entry - Take out your science journal and answer the following question (use drawings as appropriate):

If you observe the moon every night at the same time, will it be in the same position?

 

Materials:

9x12 piece of art paper

Procedure:

  1. Find a place in your yard where you will be able to see the moon every night.
  2. Draw items they see as they look from that place (ex. houses, trees, barns, etc.)
  3. Go out each night at the SAME TIME and to the SAME PLACE and draw the moon as it appears in relation to objects in the background.
  4. Do this for ten consecutive nights.
 

Analysis:

  • Compare your picture with five or six friends.
  • What is similar between these pictures?
  • What can you conclude about the moon and its position in the sky throughout the week?
  • Record your conclusion in your science journal.
 

Extension:

  • Check local weather reports.
  • If a report predicts any cloudy day, record the days that you can observe the moon and predict the location of the moon on the days there are clouds in the sky.
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