How do we see the Moon?
The moon has no natural light, we see it because the Sun reflects off of it.
What and how long is the sidereal period of the Moon?
The period of its revolution about the Earth measured with respect to the stars is a little over 27 days; 27,3217 days to be exact.
How long does it take for the Moon to rotate once on its axis?
The moon rotates on its axis in exactly the same time that it takes to revolve around the earth (27.32 days)
Does the Moon move clockwise or counter clockwise around the Earth as viewed from above North Pole?
Label the phases of the mood based on the above diagram. Then shade in the portion of the Moon not visible during that phase on the circles below.
Refer to worksheet
During what phase does the moon rise mid afternoon and set a few hours after midnight?
First Quarter (?)
Duirng what Phase does the moon rise a few hours after midnight and set at mid afternoon?
Third Quarter (?)
What is Earthshine?
Is a soft faint glow on the dark side of the moon caused by the reflection of sunlight from the Earth. It happens when the light from the sun is reflected from the Earth's surface to the moon and then back to our eyes.
What is a blue Moon?
A "blue moon" is the name for the second full moon in a single month. The moon takes 29.5 days to go through a full cycle of phases, so on rare occassions (about once every 2 3/4 years), two full moons will fit in a single month. This is rare that is why it is called the blue moon.
Why does the Moon, around the time of a full Moon, sometimes appear orange to red as it is rising or setting?
The orange and red tints that the Sun and Moon sometimes take on are caused by the particles in the Earth's atmosphere. (Also, see worksheet)
When is the harvest moon?
In 2012 the equinox takes place on September 22 the harvest moon takes place a week latter on September 29( Eastern Time 11:19pm, Central Time 10:19pm, Mountain Daylight Time 9:19pm, Pacific Daylight Time 8:19pm).