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Moon Phases. The revolution of the Moon around the Earth causes the Moon to appear to have phases . Why does the moon have phases?. Draw in journal. The moon is not visible from Earth. The moon is between the Sun and the Earth. The dark side is facing us. This phase lasts one night.

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    1. Moon Phases

    2. The revolution of the Moon around the Earth causes the Moon to appear to have phases. Why does the moon have phases?

    3. Draw in journal

    4. The moon is not visible from Earth. The moon is between the Sun and the Earth. • The dark side is facing us. • This phase lasts one night. New Moon

    5. Waxing means that the bright side is increasing. The right side is the bright side. • Less than one half of the moon is illuminated. • This phase includes any visible moon from a small sliver to almost half. Waxing Crescent

    6. The entire right side of the moon is illuminated. • The moon looks like a half circle. • The illuminated side is increasing. • This phase only lasts one night. First Quarter or Half Moon

    7. Gibbous means that more than one half is visible, but it is not quite full. • This phase includes the night after the first quarter to the night before the full moon. Waxing Gibbous

    8. The moon is full and bright. It looks like a large circle. • The illuminated side is facing us. • Only happens one night per lunation. Full Moon

    9. The moon appears more than half but not quite full. • Waning means that the illuminated side is decreasing. • The left side is the bright side. Waning Gibbous

    10. Left Half of the moon is illuminated. • The illuminated side is decreasing. • This phase also only lasts for one night. Last Quarter or Half Moon

    11. Less than one half of the moon is illuminated. • The moon will continue to become smaller and smaller. Waning Crescent

    12. Go to Day 8 Objective and list the 8 phases of the moon in order starting with New Moon.

    13. Now use rubric to check your 4 season drawings.Take home journal to study for quiz