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published by the Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska
written by Kevin M. Lee
This simulation-based module demonstrates how the earth-sun-moon geometry gives rise to the phases of the moon as seen from earth. Initially, students explore a moon bisector demo to determine moon phase. Next, simulations provide perspectives of an observer looking down on earth and an observer standing on earth looking into the sky. Students can observe the path of the moon around the earth and see how the phases of the moon change. Instructor resources are available including student manuals, assessment materials, and a list of the assumptions used.

Editor's Note: This lab offers 3 animations and 3 interactive simulations to help students visualize lunar phases. The complete lab is appropriate for high school. Middle school teachers can select from the simpler animations.

This resource is part of a collection of digital astronomy labs.

Please note that this resource requires Flash.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Astronomy
- Fundamentals
= Lunar Phases
= Night Sky
- Solar System
= The Moon
Classical Mechanics
- Gravity
= Orbits
- Relative Motion
= Rotating Reference Frames
- High School
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Instructor Guide/Manual
= Interactive Simulation
= Student Guide
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Educators
- Learners
- General Publics
- application/flash
- application/shockwave
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© 2002 University of Nebraska
Permission is granted to use for noncommercial purposes as long as it remains unmodified.
Keywords:
earth, lunar phases, moon, moon phase, orbit, sun
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created August 18, 2008 by Alea Smith
Record Updated:
January 26, 2012 by Caroline Hall
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March 26, 2011
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AIP Format
K. Lee, (Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2002), WWW Document, (http://astro.unl.edu/naap/lps/lps.html).
AJP/PRST-PER
K. Lee, Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Lunar Phases Lab, (Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2002), <http://astro.unl.edu/naap/lps/lps.html>.
APA Format
Lee, K. (2011, March 26). Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Lunar Phases Lab. Retrieved October 23, 2014, from Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska: http://astro.unl.edu/naap/lps/lps.html
Chicago Format
Lee, Kevin. Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Lunar Phases Lab. Lincoln: Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska, March 26, 2011. http://astro.unl.edu/naap/lps/lps.html (accessed 23 October 2014).
MLA Format
Lee, Kevin. Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Lunar Phases Lab. Lincoln: Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska, 2002. 26 Mar. 2011. 23 Oct. 2014 <http://astro.unl.edu/naap/lps/lps.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Kevin Lee", Title = {Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Lunar Phases Lab}, Publisher = {Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {23 October 2014}, Month = {March 26, 2011}, Year = {2002} }
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