Observing the Moon
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Introduction: Does the Moon always look the same? Does its surface look different at different times? What will your students say when you ask them these questions? Many students are aware that the Moon goes through phases, but except for the “man in the Moon” — which many admit they have a hard time seeing — they probably haven’t thought about the surface of the Moon and how we view it from Earth. Some students may mention that the Moon changes colors. It actually doesn’t — the Moon’s color changes due to the effects of our own atmosphere, not anything intrinsic to the Moon.