The Moon Book by Gail GibbonsA kid-friendly introduction to the biggest, brightest light in our night sky.
Shining light on all kinds of fascinating facts about our moon, this simple, introductory book includes information on how the moon affects the oceans tides, why the same side of the moon always faces earth, why we have eclipses, and more.
Using her signature combination of colorful, clear illustrations and accessible text, Gail Gibbons reinforces important vocabulary with simple explanations, perfect for budding astronomers. Legends about the moon, trivia, and facts about the moon landing are also included.
Moon Phases science project model for school exhibition
2.3 Viewing the Moon: Phases and Eclipses
If you lived on the moon, you'd have to give up lots of things you take for granted on Earth. The feeling of your feet planted firmly on the ground. Your ability to breathe outside without a helmet. And your night-sky view. Humans have spent millennia staring up at the moon, watching it rise and set, charting its phases as it grows and shrinks each month. But from the viewpoint of the moon, how would the Earth look hanging in the sky? Well, first, that depends on where you're standing.
Why does the Moon ‘change shape’ each night?
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All rights reserved. Every month Earth's moon goes through its phases , waning and waxing in its constant transformation from new moon to full moon and back again. This lunar cycle happens in part because the moon does not produce its own light; the silvery glow we see comes from sunlight reflecting off the moon's monochrome surface. In addition, our view of the moon is governed by a gravitational quirk called tidal locking. In essence, it takes roughly the same amount of time for the moon to spin once on its axis as it takes for our celestial companion to complete an orbit around Earth. That means the same side of the moon always faces Earth, although both sides get illuminated as the moon orbits, so there is no perpetual dark side of the moon.
Read all about the amazing moon and be sure to take our quiz to test your knowledge at the end! Also check out our activity worksheet at the end of the article which you can download or print. The moon formed about 30—50 million years after the Earth formed. The moon came about when a large object hit the Earth and blasted out rocks that all came together and orbited round the Earth. You can see the surface of the Moon by using a pair of binoculars or a small telescope.