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By Madeline PHASES OF THE MOON Introduction The Moon is a rocky, gray planet with ¼ the gravity that Earth has. It never rains or snows there, so astronaut’s footprints stay there forever. The moon doesn’t just sit there, though. It goes through Phases. And this power point is all about Phases Of The Moon. New Moon The first Moon Phase is called the New Moon. During this phase, the moon is invisible to the naked eye due to the Sun shining its light on the opposite side of the side of the Moon we can see. Waxing Crescent After the first Moon Phase, the Moon enters another phase. This is waxing crescent. The Moon starts to “grow” and looks like a very thin crescent. The Moon is very small during this time. Waxing Half Moon Once the second Moon Phase is over, the Moon becomes a waxing Half Moon. During this stage, the Moon has “grown” once again, and looks like a cut in half quarter. Waxing Gibbous The next Moon Phase is the closest to the Full Moon - Waxing Gibbous. During this stage, The Moon looks a little squiggly on the end. You can see almost all of the Moon in this phase. Full Moon This is actually not really a phase at all-it doesn’t wax or wane. You can see all of the Moon at this time. It looks like a shiny gray sphere. You can also see the craters. Waning Gibbous Now, the Moon is no longer full. The Moon is waning, or “shrinking”. It now looks like it did just before the full moon. Waning Half Moon Now, the Moon has shrunk back to the quarter-cut-in-half appearance, Waning Half Moon. Waning Crescent Now, the Moon is nothing but that teeny tiny crescent again. You know what happens after this. New Moon The Moon is once again invisible to the naked eye. It has gone through many phases, and now the cycle is starting all over again. Credits I owe some credits. I didn’t make all the pictures myself. My credit goes to my teacher, Ms. Roberts for teaching me the moon phases. I give credit to Google and Microsoft Clip Art for the images. Thanks for watching!
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