Celestial Mechanics: Earth, Moon and Sun
Monday’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. They also investigated the 8 phases of the Moon and heard a rap song to help identify between a growing (waxing) and fading (waning) moon. Using balls as models, students demonstrated the differences between solar and lunar eclipses. Ask your student how to tell the difference between a Waxing Crescent Moon and a Waning Crescent Moon.