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The phases of the Moon is how much of the Moon we can see that is reflecting off the Suns light, or being lit up by the Sun as it orbits around Earth. When something is forever circling a planet, caught in their gravitational field, it is called being in orbit. The Moon has been in orbit of the Earth for millions if not billions of years, and probably a long long time to come. As the Moon orbits around us, we can only see a certain amount of it because the Sun’s Read morerays only come from one direction, and therefore never being able to light up the entire moon, only half of it. The part of the Moon facing the sun is lit up. The part facing away from the sun is in darkness. This means that the Moons appearance varies every night, which we have divided up into 8 main phases called the phases of the Moon. The phases of the Moon are similar to the phases of Venus, the only difference being in the phases of Venus we are on the outside looking in and in the Phases of the Moon we are on the inside looking out. A Moon cycle lasts approximately 29.5 days, and half the moon is always being lit up by the Sun, the main source of light in our solar system.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Choose the correct order of the phases of the Moon.

    • A.

      New Moon, First Quarter, Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Last Quarter, Waning Gibbous, Waning Crescent

    • B.

      New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter, Waning Crescent

    Correct Answer
    B. New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter, Waning Crescent
    Explanation
    The correct order of the phases of the Moon starts with the New Moon, followed by the Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter, and finally the Waning Crescent. This sequence represents the different stages of the Moon's illumination as seen from Earth, starting with a completely dark Moon (New Moon) and gradually progressing to a fully illuminated Moon (Full Moon), before decreasing in illumination again.

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  • 2. 

    How many main phases are there in the Lunar cycle?

    • A.

      6

    • B.

      7

    • C.

      8

    • D.

      9

    Correct Answer
    C. 8
    Explanation
    There are 8 main phases of the Moon that we can see/

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  • 3. 

    Are the phases of Venus like the phases of the Moon?

    • A.

      No, not at all

    • B.

      Yes, exactly the same

    • C.

      They are similar

    • D.

      We cannot see the phases of Venus

    Correct Answer
    C. They are similar
    Explanation
    They are similar because every orbit shape is circular or ovular, so when Venus orbits around the Sun, we see phases that look like the Phases of the Moon, but we are in a different position.

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  • 4. 

    Half of the Moon is lit by ________?

    • A.

      Earth

    • B.

      Stars

    • C.

      Planets

    • D.

      Sun

    Correct Answer
    D. Sun
    Explanation
    The Sun is the correct answer because it is the primary source of light for the Moon. As the Moon orbits around the Earth, the Sun's light illuminates different parts of the Moon's surface, causing phases such as full moon, half moon, and new moon. When half of the Moon is lit, it means that the Sun is directly shining on that side of the Moon, while the other half remains in shadow.

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  • 5. 

    After the Full Moon, does the Moon's appearance begin Waxing or Waning?

    • A.

      Waning

    • B.

      Waxing

    Correct Answer
    A. Waning
    Explanation
    After the Full Moon, the Moon's appearance begins waning. This means that the illuminated portion of the Moon starts to decrease, gradually becoming less visible from Earth. Waning occurs as the Moon moves from the Full Moon phase towards the Last Quarter phase.

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  • 6. 

    What is the phase called, where sometimes you cannot see any of the Moon, sometimes causing a solar eclipse?

    • A.

      Full Moon

    • B.

      Last Quarter

    • C.

      New Moon

    • D.

      Waning Gibbous

    Correct Answer
    C. New Moon
    Explanation
    The phase called "New Moon" is when the Moon is positioned between the Earth and the Sun, causing the side of the Moon that faces the Earth to be completely dark. During this phase, the Moon is not visible from Earth because the illuminated side is facing away from us. Sometimes, this alignment of the Sun, Moon, and Earth can result in a solar eclipse, where the Moon blocks the Sun's light from reaching certain areas on Earth.

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  • 7. 

    New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter... Which phase is next?

    • A.

      Waxing Gibbous

    • B.

      Full Moon

    • C.

      Waning Gibbous

    • D.

      Last Quarter

    Correct Answer
    A. Waxing Gibbous
    Explanation
    After the First Quarter phase, the moon moves towards the Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase occurs when more than half of the moon is illuminated but not yet fully illuminated like in the Full Moon phase. The Waxing Gibbous phase is characterized by a growing illuminated area of the moon, appearing as a large crescent shape.

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  • 8. 

    What shape does the Moon orbit Earth in? ( You can choose two answers for this question)

    • A.

      Square like

    • B.

      Triangular

    • C.

      Circular

    • D.

      Ovular

    Correct Answer(s)
    C. Circular
    D. Ovular
    Explanation
    The Moon orbits Earth in a circular path and also in an ovular path. The circular orbit refers to the Moon's path around Earth being in the shape of a perfect circle. The ovular orbit refers to the Moon's path being slightly elliptical, meaning it is not a perfect circle but rather elongated or stretched out. This means that the Moon's distance from Earth varies slightly throughout its orbit.

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  • 9. 

    Why does the Moon orbit Earth?

    • A.

      It just does, no-one knows

    • B.

      They were created at the same time and they don't really move

    • C.

      The Moon is trapped in Earths gravitational field

    Correct Answer
    C. The Moon is trapped in Earths gravitational field
    Explanation
    The Moon orbits Earth because it is trapped in Earth's gravitational field. Gravitational force between two objects depends on their masses and distance between them. The Moon is significantly smaller than Earth, so it experiences a stronger gravitational pull towards Earth. This gravitational force acts as a centripetal force, keeping the Moon in a stable orbit around Earth.

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  • 10. 

    Why do the phases of the Moon reoccur?

    • A.

      The Earth spins one full rotation every month

    • B.

      Because the Moon is in continuous orbit of Earth

    • C.

      Because it is just an optical illusion in the sky

    Correct Answer
    B. Because the Moon is in continuous orbit of Earth
    Explanation
    The phases of the Moon reoccur because the Moon is in continuous orbit around the Earth. As the Moon moves in its orbit, different portions of its illuminated surface become visible from Earth, creating the different phases we observe. This occurs because of the changing positions of the Moon, Earth, and the Sun, which cause different amounts of sunlight to be reflected by the Moon towards Earth.

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