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Topic: Moon Observations

Topic Posted by: Melissa Cheung
Date Posted: Mon Feb 15 5:09:06 US/Eastern 1999
Topic Description: Has keeping a Moon Journal helped you umderstand the Moon's behavior or has it made it seem more puzzling? Here's a chance for you to pose questions and share insights about your moon observations.

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Posted by: Ina Mogensen (Ina_Mogensen@interact.ccsd.net )
Organization:K-5 Science/Math Center
Date posted: Tue May 1 17:47:40 2001
Subject: Moon Journal - Challenges/Delights
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Keeping a journal, log, or notebook over time requires a lot of discipline for a naturally random person like me. Once I finally started, though, a wondrous thing happened. After the first observation, which included establishing a skyline, determining point-of-view, and making my first entry, I found myself thinking about the moon during the next day. I wondered where it would be that night in relation to the first night's position. And I was pleasantly surprised at what I had already learned -- I could predict about where the moon would be; I knew for sure where "west" was in relation to my home and my viewing position; and I found myself smiling all the way home from work, anticipating with delight the arrival of my 'viewing time'. I think I am learning more than just about the moon. I'm learning about the value of consistency, that focus on one content area doesn't exclude other learning, and I'm experiencing...again the delight that comes from finding out things for myself. What else will I learn tonight? And what will I think and wonder about that never occured to me to even question before?


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Subject: Moon Journal
Reply Posted by: Prudence Ganz
Date Posted: Tue May 15 18:39:49 2001
Message:
At first I too found the moon journal difficult to remember and keep track of. Now with the consistency of having to do it eight times,I can remember to do it. Once I started I was also able to predict where I thought it might appear the following night. It was interesting watching the moon's movement. I've also found it very interesting lately how you can't see it anymore from my original view point and I have to wait until later in the evening.


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