How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon


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Earth's only natural satellite is:

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1. This is a kind of rotation where it takes exactly as long for the moon to rotate on its axis as it takes for it to make one orbit around the Earth:

2. The first phase of the moon is:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The following quiz and worksheet combo will test your knowledge of the Earth and sun as well as the effect they have on the phases of the moon.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • Earth's only natural satellite
  • Phases of the moon
  • Moon's rotation
  • Sides of the moon

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the phases of the moon
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the rotation of the moon
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key terms, such as synchronous and new moon

Additional Learning

To learn more about the the effect of the Earth and sun on the phases of the moon, review the accompanying lesson on the Effect of the Earth and Sun on the Phases of the Moon. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Details synchronous rotation
  • Defines the new moon
  • Explains the moon's changing shape
  • Covers the phases of the moon
  • Explores new moon during a solar eclipse