[2015] Janice Yim (Z_2015 6th): Lunar Eclipse

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[2015] Janice Yim (Z_2015 6th): Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipseand Phases of the Moon

Alignment of Earth, Sun and Moon in a Lunar EclipseDuring a Lunar Eclipse, the earth, sun and moon are aligned in a straight line. The earth blocks off sunlight from reaching the moon. Since the sun is behind the earth, the light would create a shadow on the moon.

Waxing Crescent/Waning CrescentWhen the sun lights up the moon a little more than the new moon. From the side of the moon we see, we see the moon lit up less then half. This is called a waxing crescent. After the third quarter moon, is the waning crescent. It is the opposite of a waxing crescent. The light wanes until there is only a small part of the moon is seen.

First and Third QuarterFirst and Third Quarter moons happen when the moon is at a 90 degree angle of the earth and sun. During the First Quarter and Third Quarter, half of the moon (the side we see from the earth) is only half lit up.

New Moon and Full MoonA new moon is seen when the moon is between the earth and sun. The half of the moon we cannot see from the earth is completly lit up. The half we do see is not. A full moon is the same thing as a new moon, but the opposite. The half of the moon we do see is completely lit up while the other half we don't see isn't.

New Moon

Full Moon

Waning Crescent

Waxing Gibbous and Waning GibbousThe Waxing Gibbous comes after the first quarter. It is when the sun lights up the side of the moon that we see from Earth a little more than half. The Waning Gibbous comes after the full moon, when the light on the moon is decreasing. So, it is the opposite of the Waxing Gibbous.

First Quarter

Waxing Gibbous

Waning Gibbous

Third Quarter

Waxing Crescent


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