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Track the Phases of the Moon with this DIY apparatus

Team StoryWeavers|April 20, 2021| 6

Dear Young Explorers! Did you catch a glimpse of the New Moon on April 12, 2021?

For years, observing the night sky has been one of the most fascinating activities for people. It really makes us wonder how vast the sky is and whether the Earth is really just a ‘speck of dot’ amidst the vastness of the universe. Each night, the sky puts up a  new show – be it the New Moon or the Super Moon and Pink Moon, accompanied by the twinkling stars – they make special appearances on and off to see how the Earthlings are doing!

But have you ever thought how the same moon appears different each day? Why at times, it turns pink and other times, it turns soft white? Is there a way to witness all the phases of the moon at one go?

Phases of Moon

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Well, there certainly is and it’s in the form of a simple DIY! We assure you that it is one of the coolest DIYs, and hands down, the easiest one. So let’s get started together.

Phases of Moon. Source: NASA/Bill Dunford

Image Source: NASA/Bill Dunford

DIY - Phases of the Moon

For this project, you will need:

Let’s Get Started!

  • Take one of the plastic cups and the black paper.
  • Measure the height of the plastic cup. Cut a rectangular piece of the black paper with the height of the plastic cup as the length of the paper.

DIY Phases of the moon tracker steps

  • Take the yellow circle and paste it in the centre of the black paper with the help of glue.

BYJU'S DIY Phases of the moon tracker steps

  • Now roll the black paper with the yellow circle facing out and insert it in the plastic cup. Make sure that the black paper doesn’t cover the yellow circle.

Step to make a Moon tracker

  •  Secure the black paper into the cup using a sellotape. Your plastic cup should look like this:

  • Now put this plastic cup, the black paper, and yellow circle into the second plastic cup.

Once you have reached this stage, bring out your black permanent marker pen and start off with the drawing part.

 

  • Start off by locating the yellow circle and write FULL MOON below the circle on the outside cup

Now imagine the cup as a clock with your FULL MOON at the 12 o’clock position. Slowly rotate the cup so that the yellow circle is now in the 3 o’clock position.

  • Trace the outline of the left half of the yellow circle and fill in with the black marker. Your moon will appear half covered with the right half appearing as a HALF MOON or the FIRST QUARTER MOON. Write the name below, just like you did for FULL MOON.
  • Now turn the cup so that the yellow circle is at 6 o’clock. Using the marker, trace the outline of the yellow circle and fill it completely. The yellow circle will be covered and will appear like a NEW MOON. Write the name below.

  • Turn the cup so that the circle is now at the 9 o’clock position. Trace the outline of the right half of the yellow circle and fill in with the marker. The right side of the circle will be covered with the left half appearing as a HALF MOON or the THIRD QUARTER MOON. Write the name below.
  • Now turn the cup so that the yellow circle is now in the 1.30 clock position. Trace a crescent on the left of the yellow circle and fill in with the black marker. The right uncovered side of the circle will appear as the WAXING GIBBOUS MOON. Write the name below.

Step to make a Moon tracker

  • Then turn the cup positioning the yellow circle at 4:30. Trace a gibbous (less than the full circle, but larger than the semicircle shape) on the left of the yellow circle and fill in with the black marker. The right uncovered part of the yellow circle will appear as the WAXING CRESCENT MOON. Write the name below.
  • Turn the cup such that the yellow circle is at 7:30. Using the marker, trace a gibbous (less than the full circle, but larger than the semicircle shape) on the right side of the yellow circle and fill it up. That’s  WANING CRESCENT MOON, write the name below it.
  • Lastly, turn your cup positioning the yellow circle at 10:30. Trace a crescent on the right of the yellow circle and fill in with the black marker. The left uncovered part appears as a WANING GIBBOUS MOON. Name it below the artwork.

Voila! Your DIY model is complete! Now it’s time to twist and witness the magic.

Do try this activity at home and let us know in the comments below.

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Tanaya Goswami

Books are Tanaya Goswami’s first love and cheesecakes come a close second. Talking about movies, music, calligraphy, politics, and Elon Musk will get you listed under the friends’ section of her diary. Ever since moving on from her job as an English lecturer, she spends her time at BYJU’S crafting stories filled with emotion and sprinkled with sarcasm. Outside of work, she’s either learning something new (French, most recently!) or is curled up with a book and a cup of coffee. She firmly believes that discovering what you don’t know is the key to knowledge and is constantly working towards improving herself. Drop in a line at [email protected] if you liked her stories, have something nice to say, or if you have compelling ideas to share!

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Sunandana Kar

April 20, 2021

I haven’t tried it yet, but I am realising that it will be fun!
Thank you Byju’s ❤️❤️


Ankush

April 24, 2021

Good


Anukriti

April 24, 2021

Please tell how to make a Water cycle Model
Please Byju’s!!!
It will be helpful for me as well as many more kids


Varidhi

May 15, 2021

It so nice I love it


Ashwina Singh

May 16, 2021

I will definitely try this at my home…..It will really have fun!!😊😊


Anu keerthana

May 17, 2021

I’m impressed it’s interesting amazing and awesome do you know a secret ? ? I’d try this diy and showed to class teacher and my friends my teacher appreciate me my friends are jealous of me haha!! I like this diy corner I want more like this thank you byju’s!!!


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