Your task is to document the moon on a daily basis from January 7, 2020 to February 7, 2020. Notes must be turned in by Monday February 10, 2020. You should look for the moon anytime you are outside and perhaps go outside just to look for the moon a few times a day. Make a sketch each day or night of what the moon looked like and label it with the time you saw the moon and what direction you were looking in when you saw it. Notes must be presented every Monday for a progress grade.

Here are some additional suggestions:

  • Look for the moon during daylight hours as well as at night.
  • Find the moon in the sky. Look at it again one half hour later. Notice how much it has seemed to move because of the spin (rotation) of the earth.
  • The line where the lighted part of the moon meets the unlighted part is called the terminator. See if you can notice how it changes position on the face of the moon. Notice how shadows at the terminator help show mountains and craters. Use the shadows at the terminator to see different moon objects on different nights. Maybe binoculars will help with this one.
  • Here are some websites you might try: Lunar Orbiter Database; The Moon; To The Moon

As an extra experiment: Hold a ball in one hand in front of you and stand near a bright light. Face the light and turn your body slowly so your right shoulder comes towards the light. Make sure you keep your arm out in front of you so the ball stays in front of you. Notice how the light shining on the ball changes just like the moon going through its phases. If the light is a model of the sun and the ball is a model of the moon, what is your head? Can you do an eclipse of the sun? Can you do an eclipse of the moon?

Friday moon evaluation