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In the night from Sunday to next Monday, it will be possible to observe two astronomical phenomena associated with the Moon: a total eclipse and a super Moon.

“For the first time in over 30 years, a double astronomical event will line up this weekend. An exceptional combination will bring together a total lunar eclipse and a super moon in the sky from September 27 to 28. This phenomenon will undoubtedly be the astronomical event not to be missed this fall, and even this year. ”

Source: Weather Network

The following activities will allow students to learn more about these astronomical phenomena.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Understand the phenomena of lunar eclipse and super moon;
- Find the definition of certain terms related to the Moon;
- Observe the shadow and penumbra zone during a lunar eclipse;
- Observe different orbits that cause the total eclipse and the partial eclipse;
- Illustrate the different phases of the Moon;
- List expressions containing the word “moon”.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: The stars align

First, ask the students if they know what will happen in particular to the Moon on the night of September 27 to September 28. To find out, invite them to consult next article.

Then ask the following questions to verify their understanding:

- When was the last total lunar eclipse?
- What will be the consequences of the super moon on the tides?
- In Quebec, what is the Harvest Moon?
In addition, as a whole class, research the Internet or use your library's resources to define the following terms:
- Perigee
- Moon of blood
- Partial eclipse phase
- Twilight

ACTIVITY 2: Lunar eclipse

In order to understand the lunar eclipse phenomenon, as a whole class watch this eduMedia animation. The pupils will be able to observe the areas of shadow and penumbra as well as two phases of eclipse: total and partial.

Finally, ask the students to identify which of the three orbits shown in the animation represents the phenomenon that they will be able to observe in the near future.

ACTIVITY 3: The lunar cycle

Ask students if they know how long the lunar cycle is. Can they name different phases of the moon?

To explore them all, have the students consult different sources and illustrate these phases in the following diagram:

Download the source file in Flipchart format (.flp)
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Finally, ask students if they can explain why the Moon is said to be lying. If they cannot answer, explain to them when the Moon is growing it forms the letter "D" which could lead to the belief that it is decreasing and that when it is indeed decreasing, it forms the letter "C".

For further

Ask the students to come together as a team. Next, perform a contest where the team that lists the most phrases containing the word "moon" in a list wins.

Make sure students understand what each phrase means by researching their meanings on the web, if necessary.

If necessary, consult this Web page which lists several uses of the word "moon".

More about the magazine

A total eclipse paired with a super moon this weekend
Cyberpresse, September 23, 2015

Everything you need to know about the decade's “super moon” eclipse, September 24, 2015

Don't miss the next "Blood Super Moon"
Métronews, September 22, 2015

Eclipses (lunar and solar)
Allo prof website

Lunar phase
Wikipedia article

Véronique is a librarian at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières and a trainer in educational technology for future teachers. She also holds a teaching certificate in the social universe at the secondary level and collaborates regularly with the organization L'École branchée.