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The movement of the sun, moon and stars



if the sun, moon, or a star rises, it seems to move higher in the sky

go down

when the sun or moon goes down, it moves below the horizon so you cannot see it anymore



a short period when all or part of the sun or moon becomes dark, because of the positions of the sun, moon, and earth in relation to each other. A total eclipse is when the sun or moon is completely covered. An eclipse of the sun is called a solar eclipse, and an eclipse of the moon is called a lunar eclipse.



if the moon is waning, you see less and less of it each night



if the moon is waxing, you see more and more of it each night



when the sun sinks, it gets lower in the sky until it disappears

come up

if the sun, moon, or stars come up, they start to appear in the sky

go in

when the sun or moon goes in, clouds move in front of it



to move around a large object in space such as a planet

full moon


the moon when it looks like a complete circle

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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