Understanding the natural world is a key to sustaining life. Often our understanding does not go beyond what we can tangibly see and touch, with the Moon seemingly out of reach for many. Though the Moon holds a special place to those who enjoy the night sky, it does much more than just provide a picturesque view. The Moon affects the world around us in many ways during its lunar cycle, but how does it all work? The important details of this can be described using the concept of planetary motion that includes key aspects of the way the Moon and Earth interact. The concept of planetary motion can also explain how eclipses occur, the different types of orbit, and the fact that only one face of the Moon is ever visible from Earth. Eclipses, both solar and lunar, are shadows of planetary bodies such as the Moon and Earth. These shadows are created as they move past each other in space during their orbit. As complex as these ideas may seem, they are quite simple once broken down. Eclipses and other lunar phenomena will be explained in this poster using the concept of planetary motion.
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Carlston, Emily, "Everything's Spinning: Planetary Motion's Effect on Lunar Phenomena" (2017). Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings. 82.