Moon Phases

This term we have been looking at how the Moon changes shape throughout a month. To get a better understanding of these changes, we staged our own experiment. For our experiment our body played the part of the Earth, the lamp was the sun and the ball was the moon.

The shape of the Moon depends on its position in relation to the Sun and Earth. As the Moon makes its way around the Earth, we see the bright parts of the Moon’s surface at different angles. You will also see that for a Full Moon the Sun is behind the Earth and the Moon is in front, while for a New Moon the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun. We learned that these phases come from the rotation of the Moon around the Earth.

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