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NAAP Lunar Phases Lab — Pedagogical Objectives

Lunar Orbit

  • Identify the eight phases of the moon from a picture
  • Describe the phase verbally from the name of a phase
  • Identify the earth-sun-moon geometry for a given phase from the horizon or space view

    For example, a student can point to the sun with one arm and with the other arm point to the approximate location of the moon.

  • Given either the phase or the time of rising/meridian/setting, identify the corresponding value

    For example, a student can correctly answer what phase of the moon reaches its meridional altitude at about 9 PM?

  • Estimate the time interval between certain phases
  • Understand that we see (approximately) only one side/half of the moon from earth
  • Understand which phase and positions are necessary for solar and lunar eclipses