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1 The Cycles of the Moon The phases of the moon The tides Lunar eclipses Solar eclipses

2 The Phases of the Moon From Earth, we see different portions of the Moons surface lit by the sun, causing the phases of the Moon.

3 The Phases of the Moon The Moon orbits Earth in a sidereal period of days days EarthMoon Fixed direction in space

4 Is the moon going to show the same lunar phase after one sidereal period? 1.Yes. 2.No, it will not have completed a full cycle of phases. 3.No, it will have completed more than a full cycle of phases.

5 The Phases of the Moon The moons synodic period (to reach the same position relative to the sun) is days (~ 1 month). Fixed direction in space Earth Moon Earth orbits around Sun => Direction toward Sun changes! days

6 The moon orbits counterclockwise around Earth (viewed from the North). => It appears to move eastward against the background of the stars. => The waxing crescent is visible 1.in the morning sky. 2.in the evening sky. 3.the whole night, from sunset to sunrise. 4.only around midnight. 5.never.

7 The Phases of the Moon New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Evening Sky

8 The Phases of the Moon Full Moon Third Quarter New Moon Morning Sky Waning

9 The Tides The tides are caused by the difference of the Moons gravitational attraction on the water on Earth Between the near side and the center of the Earth Between the center and the far side of the Earth 2 tidal maxima 12-hour cycle

10 On the day of full moon, high tides occur … 1.around noon and 6 p.m. 2.around noon and midnight. 3.around 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. 4.around 6 p.m. and midnight. 5.Impossible to tell. The times of tides are not correlated with the phases of the moon.

11 Spring and Neap Tides The Sun is also producing tidal effects, about half as strong as the Moon. Near Full and New Moon, those two effects add up to cause spring tides Near first and third quarter, the two effects work at a right angle w.r.t. each other, causing neap tides. Spring tides Neap tides

12 The Tidally Locked Orbit of the Moon The Earth also exerts tidal forces on the Moons rocky interior. It is rotating with the same period around its axis as it is orbiting Earth (tidally locked). We always see the same side of the moon facing Earth.

13 The Near Side of the Moon

14 A total lunar eclipse … 1.is a high-performance moon vehicle built by Mitsubishi. 2.occurs when the moon disappears behind the sun. 3.occurs when the moon becomes invisible because it is too close to the sun. 4.occurs when the moon moves through Earths shadow. 5.occurs when the moon disappears behind Mars.

15 Lunar Eclipses The Earths shadow consists of a zone of full shadow, the Umbra, and a zone of partial shadow, the Penumbra. If the Moon passes through the Umbra, we see a lunar eclipse. If the entire surface of the Moon enters the Umbra, the lunar eclipse is total.

16 A Total Lunar Eclipse (I)

17 A Total Lunar Eclipse (II) A total lunar eclipse can last up to 1 hour and 40 min. During a total eclipse, the moon has a faint, red glow, reflecting sun light scattered in the Earths atmosphere.

18 Typically, 1 or 2 lunar eclipses per year.

19 Solar Eclipses The Sun has approx. the same angular diameter of ~ as the Moon. Thus, when the Moon passes in front of the Sun, it can cover it completely, causing a total solar eclipse. solar eclipse

20 Total Solar Eclipse Prominences Chromosphere and Corona

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22 Diamond Ring Effect

23 If the sun and the moon have the same angular diameter on the sky, does that mean that the sun and the moon actually have about the same size? 1.Yes. 2.No because the sun is much farther away, but also much larger than the moon. 3.No, because the sun is much farther away, but also much smaller than the moon. 4.No because the moon is much farther away, but also much larger than the sun. 5.No, because the moon is much farther away, but also much smaller than the sun.

24 Earths and Moons orbits are slightly elliptical: Sun Earth Moon (Eccentricities greatly exaggerated!) Perihelion = position closest to the sun Aphelion = position furthest away from the sun Perigee = position closest to Earth Apogee = position furthest away from Earth

25 What do you expect to see if at the time of a solar eclipse the moon is near apogee, and the Earth is near perihelion? 1.A regular total solar eclipse. 2.No solar eclipse at all. 3.A partial solar eclipse with a crescent appearance. 4.A partial solar eclipse with a ring-like appearance of un-occulted parts of the sun. 5.A lunar eclipse.

26 Annular Solar Eclipses The angular sizes of the Moon and the Sun vary, depending on their distance from Earth. When the Earth is near perihelion, and the Moon is near apogee, we see an annular solar eclipse. Perigee Apogee Perihelion Aphelion

27 Almost total, annular eclipse of May 30, 1984

28 If the moon was orbiting around the Earth exactly in the plane of the ecliptic, … 1.lunar and solar eclipses would occur once every day. 2.lunar and solar eclipses would occur once a week. 3.lunar and solar eclipses would occur once a month. 4.lunar and solar eclipses would occur once a year. 5.lunar and solar eclipses would never occur.

29 Conditions for Eclipses (I) The Moons orbit is inclined against the ecliptic by ~ 5 0. A solar eclipse can only occur if the Moon passes a node near New Moon. A lunar eclipse can only occur if the Moon passes a node near Full Moon.

30 Conditions for Eclipses (II) Eclipses occur in a cyclic pattern. Saros cycle: 18 years, 11 days, 8 hours

31 Approximately 1 total solar eclipse per year


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