Image of Earth's Moon taken from the International Space Station

Moon Observation Journal

Keep track of what you see

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Materials

● Printed copy of the Moon journal sheet OR piece of blank paper

● Pencil, markers, colored pencils, or crayons

Instructions

1. Each day, for a month, set aside some time each day to look at the Moon, either outside or through a window.

2. Record your observations in the log provided here or draw a similar grid on a blank sheet of paper.

3. Once you have completed your observations for the whole month, consider the questions below.

Questions

1. Did the Moon look the same each day? If not, describe how it changed throughout the month.

2. Did you see the Moon at the same time each day throughout the month? Was there a pattern to the time when you were able—or not able—to observe it? If so, describe the pattern.

3. Did anything ever prevent you from being able to see the Moon? If so, what? Could you figure out what the Moon would have looked like if you could have seen it? If so, how?

4. What do you think will happen to the Moon’s shape in the sky during the next week?

5. Look up information on the phases of the Moon. Indicate in your Moon Observation Log (on the back of this page) where you think the Moon most closely matched each of the following phases: Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Third Quarter, Waning Crescent, and New Moon.

6. What questions do you have about the Moon? Look up information about the Moon that interests you, and share what you learn with your friends and family.

More Information

Some places you can find information about the Moon and its connection to planetary science and exploration are:

NASA’s Lunar Portal

NASA Solar System Exploration

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio