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Astronomy & Astrophysics
Michael Reid

September 24, 2013. Lecture 5 – Moon and Its Phases Phases of the Moon  The moon does not shine  The moon is not that close  Waxing moon is getting bigger, waning moon is getting smaller  The moon orbits around the Earth, but does not itself rotate; thus why we always see the same side  One half of the moon is always illuminated, the phases of the moon change because from our perspective the portion that is illuminated that we can see is different/changes o E.g., A New Moon is still half illuminated, but it is the half facing away from us so we can’t see it, a Full Moon would be the opposite situation  Some phas
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