Reading Overview for Exam 2
solar month (synodic month)
total eclipse (lunar or solar)
partial eclipse (lunar or solar)
giant (jovian) planet
coronal mass ejection
(Some of these
may be asked as multiple-choice questions.)
If you looked back at Earth from the moon, what phase would Earth have when the moon was full? New? A first-quarter moon? A waxing crescent?
What is the phase of the moon during a total solar eclipse? During a total lunar eclipse?
Why don't total solar or lunar eclipses happen every month?
Which type of planets have the most moons? Where did these moons likely originate?
What is the difference between a meteor and a meteorite?
What characteristics do the worlds in our solar system have in common that lead astronomers to believe that they all formed from the same "mother cloud" (solar nebula)?
Why do sunspots look dark?
What is the Zeeman effect and what does it tell us about the Sun?
Which aspects of the Sun's activity cycle have a period of about 11 years?