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astronomy web quest

Name: ____________________________________
Date: _________________
Pd: _________
Earth, Moon, & Sun Interactions Web Quest
1.What are the major features of the moon's surface?
2. How much larger is the earth in diameter than the moon?
3. The earth has a much larger mass than the moon. How many moons would it take to equal the mass of
4. The moon's surface has been pelted by asteroids, comets and meteorites which have caused craters.
How have these space particles been allowed to bombard the moon's surface?
5. What is a Blue Moon?
6. What is the current phase of the moon?
7. When will the moon be full next?
8. When will the moon be new next?
9. According to this Web site, what causes the phases of the moon? (look at the diagram)
** Click on the Lunar Phase Simulator, enter our current moon phase from the pull down menu on the
left, and watch the animation. You may click the controls to add/delete different information on your
10. What is the time period from New Moon to Waxing Crescent? _______________________________
11. What is the time period from Waxing Crescent to First Quarter? _______________________________
12. What is the time period from First Quarter to Waxing Gibbous? _______________________________
13. What is the time period from Waxing Gibbous to Full Moon?_______________________________
14. What is the time period from Full Moon to Waning Gibbous? _______________________________
15. What is the time period from Waning Gibbous to Third Quarter? _______________________________
16. What is the time period from Third Quarter to Waning Crescent? _______________________________
17. What is the time period from Waning Crescent to New Moon? _______________________________
1. Look at the links on the left - they are in order. Earth is the ________________ planet from the Sun.
2. Click on the Sun. It contains about _____% of all the mass, or rocks, dust, and gas in the Solar System. If
the sun were hollow a ________________ Earths could fit inside.
3. Click on the Earth. In Greek mythology, the Earth was married to ________________.
4. Our planet is an oasis of life in an otherwise desolate universe. The Earth's temperature, weather,
atmosphere and many other factors are just right to keep us ______________.
5. Look at the fast facts on the right. How long does the Earth take to orbit the Sun? _____________ days.
6. One rotation takes ____________hours and ___________ minutes.
7. The Earth has one moon named _________________.
8. Click to find out more about Luna (our moon). Luna is a beautiful world that lies some ____________
kilometers from Earth.
9. The dark areas of the moon are
a. Swiss cheese holes
b. the man in the moon’s eyes, nose, and mouth
c. beds of cooled lava where large asteroids and comets broke
the surface long ago
d. flying saucer landing pads
10. Click on Pluto. If you weigh 70 pound on Earth, you would only weigh ____ pounds on Pluto.
11. How many days does it take Pluto to orbit the Sun? ______________ days