What is a Waning Moon? - Definition, Facts & Phases


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1. When in the lunar cycle does the waning moon occur?

2. How long is a lunar cycle?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The moon, as viewed from earth, goes through periods of waxing and waning in its lunar cycle. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the characteristics of a waning moon. Some things you'll be assessed on include the meaning of waning, when the waning moon occurs in the lunar cycle, and the length of the lunar cycle.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of waning
  • When a waning moon takes place
  • The number of days in the lunar cycle
  • What a waning gibbous moon is
  • Characteristics of a waning crescent moon

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the waning moon
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different waning moon phases
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the lunar cycle and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Check out the lesson called What is a Waning Moon? Definition, Facts & Phases. This lesson will provide you with more details concerning this type of moon. You'll learn:

  • Why the moon looks different at various times from Earth
  • How to differentiate between a full moon and a new moon
  • Phases of the moon