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Which way do the patterns of shadow and light move across the moon?


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2006-04-24 22:17:52
2006-04-24 22:17:52

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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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.

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

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.

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.

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."

(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.)

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

Of course (why not?) the light source is there (the sun)

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

1) Eclipse of the Sun: because the Moon blocks the Sun's light. This causes a shadow on the Earth. 2) Eclipse of the Moon: because the Earth blocks the light from the Sun. This causes a shadow on the Moon.

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

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.

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.

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.

First of all the Earth will cast the shadow that will hit the moon. This is why the moon looks a different color. The order of the objects is the Sun-the Earth-then the moon. By the way the moon casts the shadow during a solar eclipse. So during a lunar eclipse, the moon doesn't cast a shadow because little to no light reach the moon to cast a shadow.

No, the phases of the moon are caused by the sun's light hitting the moon at different angles when viewed from Earth. The Earth's shadow is what causes a lunar eclipse.

if you mean the small shadow, its the penumbra

The light or darkness moves from right to left across the Moon during the Lunar cycle.

Yes, you are, and the sun is probably somewhat behind you. And at night with a moon your shadow will be "indirect"one - of the sun light reflected by the moon.

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

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