ASTRONOMY 10

THIRD HOUR SESSION “E”

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ACTIVITY:  Moon Phases, Phase Age, and the Apollo Missions

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1.   Is a _Third___ Quarter Moon considered to be waxing or waning?

Waning

2.   Determine the phase age of the Moon on your birth date this year. Indicate your answer in the first box below. Then set up the Earth-Moon-Sun model to represent the phase age for your birth date. Have the instructor check the model and stamp the second box below if your model is correct.

between 0 and 29 days

Stamp or signature

3.   What will be the phase age of the Moon _9__days after the phase shown in Photo #1 located in the lab?

24 (± 1) days

4.   Using the Moon Calendar determine the “phase age” of the Moon for ____March 20__ of this year. Is this also the phase age of the Moon on the same date in the previous year?

22 (± 1) days

no

5.  Where in the sky (rising, high in east, on the meridian, high in the west, setting, not above the horizon) would you expect to see a _ First Quarter  _ moon at __sunset__?

On the Meridian

 

6.  If we assume that sunset is at 6PM and sunrise is at 6AM, approximately what time would a __Third Quarter__ moon ­­__rise__?

midnight

7. If we assume that sunset is at 6PM and sunrise is at 6AM, which phase of the moon would _set_ near the time ___3 AM______ ?

Waxing Gibbous

 

 

8.   During which “quarter” phase of the Moon (first or third) is _Mare Crisium visible from Earth? (Inspect the large Moon map in the lab)

First

For problems 9-13, refer to the large Moon map in the rear of the lab and the approximate lunar longitudes and latitudes of the Apollo landings listed below

                                          Apollo 11:         23.5 deg E          1 deg N

                                          Apollo 12:        23.5 deg W          3 deg N

                                          Apollo 14:        17.5 deg W          4 deg N

                                          Apollo 15:            3.5 deg E       26 deg N

                                          Apollo 16:         15.5 deg E          6 deg S

                                          Apollo 17:         31.0 deg E       20 deg N

 

9.   Which mission landed closest to the terminator of a First Quarter Moon?

15

10.  Which mission landed closest to a crater named after the proponent of the Heliocentric Theory of the Solar System?

14

11. Identify one mission (of several) which landed on the moon in a region described as maria.

Either 11, 12, or 14

12. Identify one mission (of several) which landed on the moon in a region described as highlands.

Either 15, 16, or 17

13. Why are there no landing coordinates given for Apollo 13?

It did not land on the moon.