The moon has 8 different phases that it goes through during its cycle. These are New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter, and Waning Crescent.
The New Moon is the first phase of the moon's cycle and is when the moon is not visible to us. As the moon orbits around the Earth, it goes through phases depending on how much of the lighted side is facing us.
The Full Moon is the third phase of the moon's cycle and is when the moon is completely visible to us. This is the brightest and most beautiful phase of the moon.
Name the 8 phases of the moon?
Did you know?
The moon has an atmosphere, but it is only 1/100,000th as thick as Earth’s atmosphere. The moon is slowly moving away from Earth at a rate of around 3.8 cm per year. The moon has a large number of craters, most of which were caused by collisions with asteroids and other objects from space.
What do you think happens during a full moon?
What did you learn about the moon phases today?
Brain break: Draw a funny-looking car with legs and arms munching on a giant slice of pizza
In pairs: Select one task
Question: Why do we see different shapes of the moon in the night sky?
The moon doesn't actually change shape, it just reflects the light from the Sun in different ways. The moon takes 29.5 days to complete one full orbit around the Earth. The lighted side of the moon that we can see changes as it orbits around the Earth.
A: Draw a diagram of the moon's orbit around the Earth. B: Label each of the moon phases in the diagram.
How many phases does the moon have?
Which phase of the moon comes after a full moon?
- First quarter
- Waning gibbous
- New moon
- Waxing crescent
What is the name of the phase where only a small sliver of the moon is visible?
What is it called when the entire moon is visible from Earth?
- Half Moon
- New Moon
- Quarter Moon
- Full Moon
Which phase of the moon comes before a new moon?
- Waning crescent
- Waxing gibbous
- Third quarter
- Last quarter
Work together in pairs: Which phase of the moon comes after a full moon?