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Learning Poll -- The Moon

People from every part of the world grow up observing the Moon. But despite our familiarity with it, the Moon's behavior remains surprisingly perplexing. Answer the following Moon poll. You'll have the opportunity to reflect upon your beliefs about the Moon as well as discover what others think.

1. On any given date, is the phase of the Moon the same in the northern and southern hemisphere?

Yes No Not sure

2. Imagine you went outside yesterday at 8 pm and viewed the Moon in the position and the shape (phase) shown below. If you were to go outside two days later at approximately 8 pm, what would you observe?

a. The Moon's shape would appear:

Larger (closer to the shape of a full moon)
Smaller (closer to the shape of a new moon)
The same
Not sure

b. The Moon's position would be located in:

The same place
More toward the west
More toward the east
Not sure

3. Which of these represents the correct order of the Moon's phases in the northern hemisphere?

Picture Set 1

Picture Set 2

Picture set 1 Picture set 2
Neither Not sure

4. Does the Moon rotate (spin) as it orbits the Earth?

Yes No Not sure






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