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In your final lab, you will be observing the relationship between the Sun, Moon, and Earth. The position of these 3 bodies in relationship to each other directly affects their appearance in the sky (ie. phases of the moon, eclipses, etc.). Another factor affected by their relative position is the tides. For this lab, you will be directly observing how the different phase of the Moon are produced and inferring when solar/lunar eclipses and neap/spring tides (Ch. 15) will take place. Follow the directions as provided on the website. Your introduction should include information about why understanding the phases of the Moon is important and what other visual/physical properties might be affected by the position of the Sun and Moon in relation to the Earth. Your M&M are purely observational, so write in the context of an actual observation and discuss what was being viewed and how long the study lasted. The R&C should discuss the relative position of the Earth, Moon, and Sun required to produce the 8 major phases of the Moon (first/third quarter, full, new, waning/waxing crescent, and waning/waxing gibbous). Additional questions to cover in the R&C are: During what phases of the Moon would solar or lunar eclipses take place?, and During what phases of the Moon would neap or spring tides take place?
Earth Science, 15th edition, by Edward J. Tarbuck, Frederick K. Lutgens, Dennis Tasa. Pearson/PrenticeHall, 2018.