Story: Night sky

Phases of the moon

The moon is visible at night because one side reflects sunlight. During the moon’s monthly orbit of earth, different portions are lit up, as this animation shows.

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John Field and Maggy Wassilieff, 'Night sky - Earth’s near neighbours', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/7897/phases-of-the-moon (accessed 25 February 2020)

Story by John Field and Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006