Seasons, Tides, and Phases of the Moon

2/23/2000


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Seasons, Tides, and Phases of the Moon

Science Literacy

What causes the seasons?

How many times does the earth rotate about its axis in a year?

As seen from the North Pole, which direction does the earth rotate?

How do we know the earth is rotating?

How do we know the earth orbits the sun?

What causes the phases of the moon?

When you observe a crescent moon in the evening, do the tips point left or right?

Can a full moon rise at midnight?

How can you tell the moon is close and the sun is far?

On the scale of the earth as a 10 globe, how far is the moon, sun, etc.?

What causes an eclipse?

Why do we always see the same face of the moon?

What causes the tides?

Where is the center-of-mass of the earth+moon?

Where is the center-of-mass of the sun+earth?

What does the orbit of the moon around the sun look like?

Author: J. C. Sprott

Email: sprott@juno.physics.wisc.edu

Home Page: http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/