In this exhibit visitors find out how the orbit of the moon around the earth influences its appearance.
The phases of the moon are caused by the relative positions of the moon and sun in the sky. For example, new moon occurs when the sun and moon are quite close together in the sky. Full moon occurs when the sun and moon are at nearly opposite positions in the sky.
- Place yourself on the chair.
- Start rotating around the earth.
- Notice how the light falling on the moon changes.