NASA Space Place: Supermoon, Blood Moon, Blue Moon and Harvest Moon

When you look up at the night sky, you might notice that the Moon looks a little different each night.

NASA Space Place: What Are the Moon’s Phases?

The different shapes of the Moon that we see at different times of the month are called the Moon’s phases.

Siemens STEM Day: This Is How I See It
Siemens STEM Day

In this activity, students will construct interactive lunar cycle models to illustrate the phases of the Moon in 3 dimensions.

But Why?: Why Do We Sometimes See The Moon During The Day?
But Why?

Answers to your moon questions with John O’Meara, chief scientist at the W.M. Keck Observatory.

California Academy of Sciences: Science @ Home - Phases of the Moon Chart
California Academy of Sciences

Make your own moon chart to track its phases in the night sky—and learn about funny moon-related phrases like “waxing gibbous!”

California Academy of Sciences: A Science Notebook Story - Investigating Moon Phases
California Academy of Sciences

Erica spent a few months exploring phases of the moon with her fifth grade students. She adapted lessons from Lawrence Hall of Science’s GEMS in order to give her students lots of opportunities to answer the Essential Question: Why does the moon look different on different days? 

California Academy of Sciences: Kinesthetic Astronomy - Moon Phases
California Academy of Sciences

You’ll be surprised at how many misconceptions you can debunk by modeling the phases of the moon with a light and a styrofoam ball!