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2 It’s just going through a phase! Source: NASA, Apollo 11

3 If you look at the Moon each night, you’ll notice its appearance changes.

4 If you watch closely, you’ll notice the Moon changes in a regular pattern.

5 It gets larger, and then it gets smaller and then larger again. Why?

6 The Earth revolves around and the Sun and the Moon revolves around the Earth.

7 As the Moon revolves around the Earth, different parts of the Moon are in sunlight.

8 This causes the phases of the Moon.

9 There are eight major phases of the Moon you should know.

10 New Moon Source of Moon Pictures: Goleta Air and Space Museum,

11 Waxing The Moon appears to be getting larger.

12 Waxing Crescent Source of Moon Pictures: Goleta Air and Space Museum,

13 First Quarter Source of Moon Pictures: Goleta Air and Space Museum,

14 Gibbous Between half and full.

15 Waxing Gibbous Source of Moon Pictures: Goleta Air and Space Museum,

16 Full Moon Source of Moon Pictures: Goleta Air and Space Museum,

17 Waning The Moon appears to be getting smaller.

18 Waning Gibbous Source of Moon Pictures: Goleta Air and Space Museum,

19 Last/3 rd Quarter Source of Moon Pictures: Goleta Air and Space Museum,

20 Waning Crescent Source of Moon Pictures: Goleta Air and Space Museum,

21 And the cycle begins all over again, month after month after month.

22 That is why we see the Moon change thru the month.


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