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Mini-Quiz: Phases of the Moon

by Ron Kurtus (updated 18 January 2022)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. Is it day or night on the side facing the Earth during a New Moon?

It is always daytime on the side facing the Earth

It is night on the side facing the Earth during a New Moon

It depends if the Moon is waxing or waning

2. What is the color of the light coming from a Blue Moon?


The same as it is for a Full Moon

The same as it is for a New Moon

3. Why wouldn't you see the Moon at night?

The Moon hadn't risen yet at that time or had already set

Because it is daytime on the Moon

Often the Moon will just vanish for some reason

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Astronomy. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

Be confident in what you do

Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials


Facts About the Moon - From NASA

The Moon - Good details from Nine Planets site

U.S. Navy Sun and Moon times - - Times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, transits of the Sun and Moon

Astronomy Resources


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From Blue Moons To Black Holes: A Basic Guide To Astronomy, Outer Space, And Space Exploration by Melanie Melton Knocke; Prometheus Books (2005) $19.00

Observing the Moon by Peter T. Wlasuk; Springer (2000) $39.95 - Reference book for anyone seriously interested in the Moon and its geology

Welcome to the Moon: Twelve Lunar Expeditions for Small Telescopes by Robert Bruce Kelsey; Naturegraph Publishers (1997) $11.95 - Well written "how to" for novice astronomers

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