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I can see the moonlight shining on my couch.
Can it be that frost has fallen?
I lift my head and watch the mountain moon,
Then my head droops in meditation of earth.

Li Po
Still Night Thoughts

Questions to Explore:
  • Why does the Moon keep the same face turned toward the Earth?
  • What causes eclipses of the Sun and the Moon?
  • How can we predict eclipses?
  • How do tides affect the Earth and the Moon?
  • What caused the craters, maria, and other surface features of the Moon?
  • What have samples from the Moon told us about the Moon and the origin of the solar system?
  • What do we know about the interior of the Moon?
  • How did the Moon form?

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