|Photo taken by the Galileo spacecraft from a distance of about 6.2 million kilometers from Earth, on December 16, 1992. (Source: NASA). |
Have you ever tracked the moon? By that I mean drawn a picture of it every day and noted the time and its location? Try it. It is a wonderful thing to do.As I am teaching oceanography this year I intend to make this one of the assignments I give to my students and am nervous (curious?) about how high school seniors will respond. They will also be making, in class, the journals in which they will record their moon observations. These students may or may not "know" that tides are controlled by the moon, but how much do they understand? Do they "get it"? I've had adults ask me to explain this to them, but after doing a moon dance and manipulating models, and hearing explanations, they shake their head and still don't "get it". So my students will make records of moon observations. They will compare their observations with local tide charts. They will discuss what they notice. And hopefully they will "get it". Besides, what could be more awesome for homework than moon watching?