The Moon - Help with its Frequently Asked Questions!
This resource is support for adult learners and teachers/leaders so that they can better teach lessons about the moon.
It is not designed to be read by elementary-age students since many of the concepts are abstract and thus difficult to understand.
If you are confused by any of the answers below, don't feel bad: these concepts are difficult to explain/learn through words and diagrams!
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- Does the moon rotate on an axis like the earth?
- Does the moon have day and night?
- Why isn't the moon visible every night (or every day)?
- Are the phases different in the northern and southern hemispheres?
- Why don't the phases of the moon happen on the same day each month?
- So exactly how long does it take the moon to orbit the Earth?
- If I observe the moon at noon, and then again that evening, would the phase be the same?
- What causes the moon to shine?
- Wouldn't the earth block the light from the sun to the moon?
- Could light from the sun bounce off the earth and hit the moon?
- Is there a cute way to remember the phase terms? I am always mixing up waxing and waning. Also some people say "no moon" for new moon.
- Would the earth appear to go through phases for an observer on the moon?
- Does the moon rise and set at the same time each day?
- Why isn't the quarter moon called a half moon?
- If we are seeing a full moon here in the United States, would people in India see the full moon?
- Why does the Harvest Moon look orange when it rises?
- Do the times on moon calendars apply to my time zone?
- If we were at the North Pole, when would we see the moon?
- Which phases of the moon can we see during the day?
- Does the moon have a North Pole?
- Why is the crescent moon at sunset sometimes tilted like a backward "C", and sometimes flat on its back like a "U"?
- Why does the Moon wobble?