What Causes The Phases Of The Moon?

Discover how the movement of the moon creates different views from Earth. An expert in the field explains that when the moon orbits, different parts become illuminated. The installment of the Veritasium playlist films right after a lunar eclipse and explains the red and blue light viewable during the eclipse.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use snapshots of images in the video to create a lesson presentation
  • Have pupils sketch the different phases of the moon as it rotates around the earth
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a basic understanding of the orbits of the moon and Earth

  • Shows many visual representations of the phases of the moon
  • Includes real-life application of a lunar eclipse

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