Solar System Vocab

Term Definition
phase A stage in the series of changes in the apparent shape of the moon
tilt to slope or to slant
axis the imaginary line on which an object rotates; the imaginary line from the North Pole, through Earth's center, to the South Pole
rotation the spinning motion of an object on its axis
Sun the star that is the central body of our solar system
lunar eclipse the darkening of the moon when it moves into Earth's shadow
revolution the movement of an object around another object or point
solar system the Sun and planets and the other objects that orbit the Sun
seasons any of the four parts of the year
orbit the path a planet, moon, or other object takes around another
moon a natural object that revolves around a planet

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