Phases of the Moon
Web Quest

The Task
The Process
The Conclusion

     Did you know that the moon is the brightest object in the sky except for the sun?  If you look at the sky every night for a month, you will notice that the moon's shape appears to be constantly changing.  How and why does this happen?  Take this journey with us to find out!

The Task

1.  You will view various web sites that gives detailed descriptions of the phases of the moon.  

2.  After studying the web sites, you will be able to name, illustrate, and describe the 8 phases of the moon.

3. You will also study and be able to tell how long it takes to complete each phase of the cycle, as well as how long it takes for the entire cycle to be completed.

4.  You will be able to answer the following question:  Why does the moon appear to wobble as it completes it cycle. 

5.  You will be able to tell why we can sometimes see the moon at night and sometimes we can't.



As a space explorer, you are in charge of finding out what happens to the moon.  Why does it disappear some nights and only parts of it show on other nights?  Is it the same moon or different?  Do they have names?  Find out the answers to these questions and other questions in the following steps.

Step one:  In order to be a qualified space explorer, you must gain some knowledge about the moon.  Below is a list of websites that give information about the moon and its phases.  Make sure you read the information carefully and pay special attention to the phases.

  How do the phases get their names?

    Phases of the moon

   More about the phases

  Does the moon really wobble?

  See the moon wobble.



After you have had a chance to review and study the above links, click here to report what you have learned.  You should now be very knowledgeable  of the phases of the moon.