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Misconceptions Spinning the Moon Bad Astronomy: The Moon only shows one face to us because it is not rotating. Better astronomy: The Moon only shows one face because it is rotating, once every time it revolves around the Earth. Best astronomy: The Moon does not appear to rotate in the reference frame where the Earth-Moon line is fixed in direction, but it does rotate as seen by an outside observer. Image of the Earth and Moon taken in 1994 by NASA's Galileo spacecraft, on its way to Jupiter. How it works: If you go out on several different nights and look at the Moon, you will always see the same features, at about the same position. This can be seen using a model. Surprise! Now, I have been a bit tricky here. We've actually learned three things: There is a bit more to this story. [Note added December 6, 2001: Bad Reader Charlie Kluepfel pointed out to me that I had a mistake in the original version of the above paragraph; I had said libration was maximized at apogee and perigee.

Fears, Rules, Words, Questions « Teaching Science A quick lesson description here; I’ve been far too focused on political stuff recently. I thought I’d blogged this before, but apparently not. (And while I’m reviewing – 120 posts. Yeah, really.) Anyway. Stop giggling at the back there! This is my approach to starting off what can be a challenging topic. Fears “What might make a student nervous about this topic?” Rules I remind the students of the rules we have agreed and followed all year. Words I write ‘F***’ on the board, with asterisks, and explain over the gasps and giggles that we all know which word this is. I then circle the ‘polite’ words and explain that we can consider these as ‘classroom English’. Important: clean the board very thoroughly. :) Questions I give each student a piece of paper and ask them to spread out, as if doing a test. Comments? Obviously this is only one way to start a topic which is guaranteed to get some giggles. Like this: Like Loading...

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2012 March 12 - The Scale of the Universe Interactive Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2012 March 12 The Scale of the Universe - Interactive Flash Animation Credit & Copyright: Cary & Michael Huang Explanation: What does the universe look like on small scales? Tomorrow's picture: dust before galaxies Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)NASA Official: Phillip Newman Specific rights apply.NASA Web Privacy Policy and Important NoticesA service of:ASD at NASA / GSFC& Michigan Tech.