The Dark Side of the Moon!

Today’s lesson focused on celestial mechanics or the interactions between the Earth, Sun and Moon. Did you know that the reason that we experience seasons is due to the Earth’s tilt?  In the northern hemisphere, we are actually closer to the sun in the winter than in summer.   Students demonstrated why the sunlight in New England is weaker in the winter and stronger in the summer.  After learning about seasons, we talked about the Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite.   They also investigated the 8 phases of the Moon.  Ask your student how to tell the difference between a Waxing Crescent Moon and a Waning Crescent Moon.


Visit this link to watch a 5 minute video about seasons.


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    After this winter I wish the earth would tilt in a bit different direction so we get less snow :).

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      Margaret Ptak / Reply

      HAHA! I think this feeling is mutual throughout most of New England!

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    I think its cool how all the seasons are diffrent

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      Margaret Ptak / Reply

      This is very true for us in New England, since we experience the tilt of the earth more strongly than people who might live along the equator, for example. There are places in the world who only have two seasons: wet and dry (meaning that during the wet season, they experience a LOT of rain and during the dry season, no rain at all)!

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