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Mini-Quiz: Motion of the Moon

by Ron Kurtus (revised 13 April 2009)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. Why do we always see the same view of the Moon?

There is only one side of the Moon

The view is different when seen through a telescope

The Moon rotates at the same rate as it orbits the Earth

2. Why can you slightly see the dark side of the Moon?

It is lit by reflections from the Earth

The Moon glows due to the heat of its surface

It is an optical illusion

3. Why is it dangerous to look at an eclipse of the Sun?

Invisible rays may damage your eyes

You might turn into a werewolf

It is dangerous to look at an eclipse of the Moon, not the Sun

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Astronomy. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials


Facts About the Moon - From NASA

The Moon - Good details from Nine Planets site

The Moon - Information and statistics from Russian version of American website

Astronomy Resources


From Blue Moons To Black Holes: A Basic Guide To Astronomy, Outer Space, And Space Exploration by Melanie Melton Knocke; Prometheus Books (2005) $19.00

Observing the Moon by Peter T. Wlasuk; Springer (2000) $39.95 - Reference book for anyone seriously interested in the Moon and its geology

Welcome to the Moon: Twelve Lunar Expeditions for Small Telescopes by Robert Bruce Kelsey; Naturegraph Publishers (1997) $11.95 - Well written "how to" for novice astronomers

Top-rated books on the Moon

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