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Activity Name: phases of the moon - recreation

Suggested Grade Level: all

Your name or school: Judith Peritz; Center for Astrophysics

WHAT YOU NEED:

A sunny day when the moon is visible.
A sunny, outdoor location.
A tennis ball.

WHAT TO DO:

Stand facing the moon.
Stand outdoors in a sunny location.
Hold the tennis ball at arms length, up next to the moon in the sky.

WHAT NEXT . . .

The sun will shine on the tennis ball and illuminate it exactly as it illuminates the moon.

OTHER COMMENTS

It is such a simple demonstration. Adults think it's neat. Kids do too.

 

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