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Ch 5: The Moon

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Review the moon's physical characteristics along with its phases and position in the night sky. Video lessons and quizzes in this chapter cover lunar atmosphere and geology, eclipses and phases.

The Moon - Chapter Summary

Begin your review of the moon with a lesson on the theories used to explain its formation. You'll also re-examine the moon's inner layers, the features of its terrain and the characteristics of rocks scattered across its surface.

Follow up your study of lunar geology with lessons on the composition of the moon's atmosphere and the factors affecting our perception of the moon's phases. You'll also get some tips for predicting when moonrise and moonset occur and review the differences between the sidereal and synodic months. A lesson on the types of lunar eclipses rounds out this chapter. Topics of discussion include:

  • Theories on the formation of the moon
  • Lunar geology
  • The moon's atmosphere
  • Phases of the moon
  • Lunar eclipses

Study these astronomy topics when it's convenient for you with lessons you can access from your mobile device. The videos last less than ten minutes each, and the transcripts allow you to view important vocabulary terms and concepts at a glance. Each lesson also includes a multiple-choice quiz you can use to confirm your understanding of these topics.

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: The Moon
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Formation of the Moon: Theories

1. Formation of the Moon: Theories

Explore the four major theories on the formation of the Moon. The theories include the fission theory, capture theory, condensation theory and giant impact theory. Also look at both information supporting and flaws found in these theories.

Lunar Geology: Types of Moon Rocks

2. Lunar Geology: Types of Moon Rocks

This lesson will discuss the layers of the Moon's interior, the dark and light colored areas of the Moon's surface, the Moon's craters, and how moon dust has formed over the ages.

The Moon's Atmosphere

3. The Moon's Atmosphere

This lesson will go over the lunar atmosphere, its composition, where it gets it atmosphere from, how it may lose its atmosphere, and what the technical term for the lunar atmosphere is.

How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

4. How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

This lesson will describe how the moon, Earth, and sun combine to form the phases of the moon. We'll also discuss the important concept of synchronous rotation.

Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

5. Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

This lesson will go over the phases of the moon. The full moon, new moon, waxing, waning, and gibbous phases and the order in which they occur and what they look like are discussed.

Motion of the Moon: Sidereal Month vs. Synodic Month

6. Motion of the Moon: Sidereal Month vs. Synodic Month

This lesson will teach you about the sidereal month and synodic month, how long they are, and how they are measured with respect to the stars and sun.

Predicting When The Moon Will Rise and Set

7. Predicting When The Moon Will Rise and Set

In this lesson, you'll learn when the moon will rise or set during four distinct phases: full moon, new moon, first quarter moon, and third quarter moon.

Lunar Eclipse: Definition & Types

8. Lunar Eclipse: Definition & Types

This lesson will teach you about the lunar eclipse. You'll learn the difference between a penumbral, partial, and total lunar eclipse, and see what totality means with respect to a total lunar eclipse.

Chapter Practice Exam
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