“Little Makers” for download: Let’s observe the phases of the moon!

By SpaceIL Kids Team
by:By SpaceIL Kids Team

Personal activity page for following the phases of the moon

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Personal activity page for following the phases of the moon

So, you’re not the type who takes everything for granted, huh? You would rather see for yourself?

Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Whether you’ve read our “Phases of the Moon” article or not, we invite you to check and see for yourself.

What does the moon look like every day of the month? Here’s how we do it:

There’s a link to a page that includes 30 circles representing the moon.

Download the file to your computer by clicking the arrow that appears here, to the right of the text.

Print the page.

As you probably know, a year is measured by the time it takes our planet, Earth, to complete a full circle around the sun. The yearly calendar you probably know very well is a solar calendar – meaning, it’s based on the annual cycles of our planet. This calendar is the most commonly used calendar in the world today, and sometimes it’s called the “civil calendar” or “Gregorian calendar”.

But did you know that the more ancient calendars, that came before the one we use now, were lunar calendars? The ancient calendars were based on the waxing and waning of the moon that people observed in the night sky.

In later times, people realized that the year is in fact longer than just the 12 cycles of the moon, and changed the way they count the days. Some lunar calendars, such as the Jewish or the Muslim calendar, are still widely used today.

In fact, if you were to follow the phases of the moon using the Jewish or Muslim calendar, it would make your job a lot easier, since the month is perfectly aligned to the moon’s phases. You’re going to have to work a little harder to track the moon with the solar calendar – but it’s totally worth it!

This kind of painstaking work is exactly the reason we are able to send our spacecraft to the moon!

You’re welcome to start following the moon phases with a friend, each of you separately, and then compare your results and see if there are any differences.

We believe the result is totally worth the effort.

But don’t take our word for it – this is your time to explore!

Enjoy!

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