← Activities for the Total Solar Eclipse
Moon Phases and Observations
The following activities will help participants observe and understand our changing Moon.
Moon phases are commonly misunderstood. In this activity, participants model the phases with a light source and a small white ball.
- Source: Lunar Planetary Institute
- Target Audience: Ages 10 - 13 (and up)
- Important Concepts: Models, projectiles, asteroids, craters, geologic history
- Suggested Modifications: Use a bright lamp in a dark room as the Sun in order to do this activity inside. This often works better than outdoors because there is a higher contrast in light and darkness and it is a closer model to space.
Learners who keep a Moon Journal will track lunar phases for a month to directly observe how the Moon changes shape and location. They will record observations and try to find a pattern.
- Source: International Observe the Moon Night & the Lunar and Planetary Institute
- Target Audience: All ages
- Important Concepts: Moon phases, scientific inquiry, lunar observation, the Moon's place in the sky in relation to the Sun
- Suggested Modifications: To make this eclipse-related and emphasize that during the eclipse, we will see a New Moon, begin the Moon Journal 28 days before the eclipse, on July 25