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What you will learn from this videoWhat you will learn
- The moon’s phases are caused by its orbit around the earth.
- The moon does not make its own light, it only reflects it.
- The phases of the moon repeat in a cycle about every 28 days.
- The moon is smaller than the sun but appears the same size because it’s closer.
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Draw and label a quarter moon and crescent moon using shading for darkness.
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