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The Moon travels across the sky in the same direction as the Sun; Its' leading edge is the point at which phase changes start and move from right to left.

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Q: Which way do the patterns of shadow and light move across the moon?
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What is the name of the dividing line between light and shadow across the moon's disk?


What is the passing of the moon into a shadow or the shadow of the Moon's shadow across earth?

An eclipse. When the Earth is in the Moon's shadow, it's a solar eclipse; when the Moon is in the Earth's shadow, it's a lunar eclipse.

Does the light of the moon cause a physical shadow?

A shadow is caused when there is less light or no light in an area. An object can block the light and thereby cause a shadow. If the light reflecting off the moon is a source of light, objects blocking this light can cause a shadow.

Why does phases of the moon happen if the moon is a full disk?

The moon hasn't got any light of itself, it can only reflect sunlight. When the Earth gets beween the Moon and the Sun, the Earth will cast a shadow on the Moon. Phases of the Moon happens as the Earth's shadow move across the Moon's surface.

What is the path of the moons shadow across the earths surface?

darkness is the path of the moon shadow across the earth surface

What is an solar eclips?

A solar eclipse is a shadow; the shadow cast by the Moon on the Earth. Because the Sun is enormous and the Moon is small, the Moon's shadow is even smaller, about 300 miles across at most.

What is a preumbra?

The sun shines light on both the moon and the Earth. When it shines light on one side of either one, they cast a shadow in space. During an eclipse, the shadow of either the moon or the earth gets cast on the other one. For example, during a solar eclipse the sun, moon, and earth have to be aligned Sun - Moon- Earth. The sun shines light on the moon and the moon's shadow gets cast on the Earth. The middle of the shadow where an observer can't see any light is the umbra. The sides of the shadow where you can see partial light is the preumbra.

What causes the shadow which makes the moon change its shape?

The shadow is caused by the earth blocking the path of the light from the sun casting shadow on the moon. When the earth is not in between the sun and the moon then we have a "full moon."

What direction does the shadow of the moon move across earth?


What travels across the surface of the earth for an eclipse occurs?

(Answered as "What travels across the surface of the Earth when an eclipse occurs?") The shadow of the Moon travels across the Earth during a Solar Eclipse. (During a Lunar Eclipse, the shadow of the Earth travels across the Moon.)

How much of the earth is covered by the moon's shadow?

Mostly, none; times when the Moon's shadow hits the Earth are fairly rare. When it happens, we call them "eclipses". The size of Moon's shadow on the Earth depends on how far away the Moon is from the Earth. Typically, the size of the Moon's shadow is about 300 miles across.

During a total lunar eclipse the moon is in Earth's?

Shadow, due to the sun being on one side and the moon the other earth casts it's shadow across the moon.

Why do you get faces of the moon?

The sun reflects light off of the moon and what we see is the shadow of that reflection on the moon.

The path of the moon's shadow across the Earth's surface is called?

A year

What determines the different phases of the moon?

the position of the moon in relativity to the sun and earth....the angle casts a shadow across the moon

The phases of the moon are determined by?

the proximity of the earth, moon, and sun. The moon reflects the light of the sun, but it can't do that if it's in the earth's shadow, or partly in the earth's shadow.

Which object's shadow travels across part of earth during a solar eclipse?

It is the shadow of the moon that travels across part of the earth during a solar eclipse.

What is the shadow of the moon during a lunar eclipse?

The shadow appearing on the moon during a lunar eclipse is the shadow of the earth being cast upon the moon. The sun and moon are on opposite sides of the planet and the earth blocks some or all of the light from reaching the moon.

What do you see of the phase of the moon first quarter?

You see the shadow of Earth cast upon the moon. The Sun's light creates the shadow and illuminates the quarter moon you see.

Has the moon got a shadow?

the moon's shadow is cast by one part beaing to obsorbe the sun's light while the other part doesn't

Is a lunar eclipse when the moon is between the earth and the sun?

no a lunar eclipse is when the earth's shadow is on the moon so the order would be: Sun Earth Moon an eclipse when the moon's shadow falls across earth is a solar eclipse

The path of the moon's shadow across the earth surface is called what?

Path of Totality

What is meant by first creasent moon?

The term crescent moon refers to one of the phases of the moon. The Earth's shadow partly blocks the Sun's light from illuminating the face of the Moon at different times the month. The crescent Moon describes the sickle shape of light that is formed when most of the Moon is in shadow.

Why does an eclipse occur?

Lunar eclipse . . . occurs when the moon moves across the Earth's shadow. For a few hours, the moon is not illuminated by the sun, so it appears to turn dark in the sky. The Earth is located between the moon and the Sun. Solar eclipse . . . occurs when the Earth moves across the Moon's shadow. For a few hours, the moon's tiny shadow speeds across the Earth's surface. Anyone in the path of the moon's shadow sees the sun disappear from the sky for a few minutes. The moon is located between the Earth and the Sun. As for why, it just does. It's a natural occurrence.

When the moon shadow hits the earth or earths shadow hits the moon what occurs?

A lunar eclipse is when the Earth passes between the Moon and the Sun. The Earth's shadow, cast by the Sun, passes over the Moon.A solar eclipse is when the Moon passes across the face of the Sun, as viewed from Earth, and the Sun casts a deep shadow over the Earth.