Enjoy hours of fun with this handy 4M Kidz Labs Moon Torch Kit. Carry the beauty of moonlight and project it anywhere with this convenient moon torch. Turn on and point the torch at walls and ceilings at night or in dark rooms to see the moon. Power the torch with 3 AG13 button batteries included with the torch. All of the parts are made of safe, high quality materials.This set is recommended for ages 5 years and up.
Things to try:
- If it’s a clear night and the moon is visible, compare that to the light from your moon torch -- which part of it you can see (if it’s not a full moon, that is). Compare again a few days later -- how is it shifting?
- Get another person (or you can use a stationary object like a chair). The other person or object is the earth and you are the moon. Stand a couple feet or a meter away from them and slowly walk around them in a circle. Notice which side of your body is closest to them (it might be your left or right side)-- this is the ‘face’ of you that they can see. Do the same thing again but this time try to notice what you (the moon) are facing as you orbit the earth. Are you always looking at the same thing? No, so you actually rotated once (turned around once) while you orbited the person or object that was the earth! The moon moves this same way, so as it orbits the earth once, it also rotates on its own axis once, so we only ever see one view of the moon (with a tiny bit of extra wobble).
- The moon looks really bumpy and rough because it has a very thin atmosphere and no weathering -- wind and rain don’t wear down any rough edges. If you want to know more about moon maps and how different moon landmarks got their names, check out this HMNS blog on moon geography and who named all those craters!