Astronomy

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Astronomy

The study of the moon, stars, and other objects in space.

Revolution

The movement of an object around another object.

Solstice

The two days of the year on which the sun reaches its greatest distance north or south of the equator.

Axis

An imaginary line that passes through earth's center and the north and south poles, about which earth rotates.

Orbit

The path of an object as it revolves around another object in space.

Equinox

The two days of the year on which neither hemisphere is tilted toward or away from the sun.

Rotation

The spinning motion of a planet on its axis.

Calendar

A system of organizing time that defines the beginning length and divisions of a year.

Force

A push or pull exerted on an object.

Gravity

The attractive force between objects its strength depends on their masses and the distance between them.

Law of universal gravitation

The scientific law that states that every object in the universe attracts every other object.

Mass

The amount of matter in an object.

Weight

The force of gravity on an object.

Inertia

The tendency of an object to resist a change in motion.

Newton's first law of motion

The scientific law that states that an object at rest will stay at rest and an object in motion will stay in motion with a constant speed and direction unless acted on by a force.

Phases

One of the different apparent shapes of the moon as seen from Earth.

Eclipse

The partial or total blocking of one object in space by another.

Solar Eclipse

The blocking of sunlight of earth that occurs when the moon is directly between the sun and earth.

Umbra

The darkest part of a shadow.

Penumbra

The part of a shadow surrounding the darkest part.

Lunar Eclipse

The blocking of sunlight to the moon that occurs when the earth is directly between the sun and the moon.

Tide

The periodic rise and fall of the level of water in the ocean.

Spring Tide

The tide with the greatest difference between consecutive low and high tides.

Neap Tide

The tide with the least difference between consecutive low and high tides.

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