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Surface features different from near side

More craters

Very few maria

Thicker crust

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It’s Just a Phase

It’s Just a Phase

Moonlight is reflected sunlight

Half the moon’s surface is always reflecting light

From Earth we see different amounts of the Moon’s lit surface

The amount seen is called a “phase”

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Waxing and Waning

Waxing and Waning

New moon

Waxing Crescent moon

First Quarter moon

Waxing Gibbous moon

Full moon

Waning Gibbous moon

Third Quarter moon

Waning Crescent moon

New moon

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Waxing and Waning

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Waxing and Waning

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Waxing and Waning

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Lunar Eclipses

Lunar Eclipses

Moon moves into Earth’s shadow – this shadow darkens the Moon

Umbra

Penumbra

About 2-3 per year

Last up to 4 hours

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Solar Eclipses

Solar Eclipses

Moon moves between Earth and Sun

Moon casts a shadow on part of the Earth

Total eclipses rare – only once every 360 years from one location!

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The Tides

The Tides

Tides caused by pull of Moon’s gravity on Earth

High tide –

Side facing Moon and side away from Moon

Every 12 hours, 25 ½ minutes

Low tide –

On sides of Earth

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The Tides

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The Tides

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The Tides

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The Tides

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Ice on the Moon?

Ice on the Moon?

1994 – Clementine probe

1998 – Lunar Prospector

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Moon base of the future?

Moon base of the future?

What would you need to live there?

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Moon base of the future?

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Moon base of the future?

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Moon base of the future?

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