Sky's Up Summer 2016 - Page 30

the STEM zone By Dr. Daniel Barth Lunar learning with a tasty twist Make a moon phase diagram with cookies When we first look up at the sky, the Moon is probably the first thing we notice. It fascinates us, child and adult alike, with its changing phases, the markings on its surface, and the way it seems to change size as it moves from horizon to zenith. If you are lucky enough to own a telescope, the Moon was probably one of the first things you looked at, and it still draws the gaze of professional and amateur astronomers alike every cloudless night world wide. But the Moon puzzles as much as it fascinates; once we start noticing the changing phases of the Moon, we cannot help but ask, “How does it do that!” As an astronomy teacher, this is one of the first, and most pers