What is a Waxing Moon? - Definition, Facts & Phase

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What is a waxing moon?

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1. What kind of moon occurs between the new moon and the first quarter?

2. What kind of moon occurs between the first quarter and the full moon?

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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 a waxing moon.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following:

  • Definition of a waning moon
  • Moon that occurs between the new moon and the first quarter
  • Kind of moon that occurs between the first quarter and the full moon
  • Length of the lunar cycle
  • Why the shape of the Moon appears to change each night

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characteristics of a waxing moon
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about specifics of the lunar cycle in relation to the waxing moon
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on the lunar cycle and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the lunar cycle, review the lesson titled What is a Waxing Moon? - Definition, Facts & Phase. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the phases of the Moon
  • Differentiate between a waxing crescent and a waxing gibbous moon
  • Define lunar progression
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