The Moon has always had its mystical place in peoples´ cultures all over the world, but there is a certain lunar phase that has been particularly fascinating to humans – the full moon. From the scientific point of view, the full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated as seen from the Earth as it is placed in complete opposition to the Sun, or, in other words, it is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. Occurring approximately every 29.5 days, the full moon has always been associated with a number of myths, legends, eerie stories, and superstitions. Over the past decades and centuries, this mystical phenomenon has been studied and explored by many experts, scientists, astronomers, and other scholars, but a vast majority of these studies have found no connections between the full moon and human behavior or life on Earth in general, yet, the phrase “it must be a full moon” is still frequently used when some unusual things happen. If you are one of those who are interested in this mysterious lunar phase, keep on reading because this article features 25 Full Moon Myths And Facts You Might Not Know.
The full moon is often thought of as an event of a full night's duration, but this is misleading because the Moon seen from Earth is continuously becoming larger or smaller (though much too slowly to notice with the naked eye). Its absolute maximum size occurs at the moment when the expansion has stopped.
As the full moon occurs every 29.5 days, February is the only month that can occur without a full moon. All of the other months are guaranteed to witness at least one full moon.
When the full moon coincides with the Moon´s closest approach to Earth on its elliptical orbit, a rare phenomenon known as the supermoon occurs. The most recent occurrence of this phenomenon was on September 27–28, 2015, while the next time will be in 2033.
The full moon is often associated with temporal insomnia. In the past, the reason was obvious; people did not sleep well during the full moon due to the bright light it emitted. These days, however, with all the artificial lights around us, the full moon´s light can hardly be the cause of the sleep deprivation that many people still suffer from during this lunar phase.
It is sometimes claimed that surgeons used to refuse to operate during the full moon because of the increased risk of death of the patient through blood loss. A study carried out in Barcelona found a statistically significant correlation between lunar phase and hospital admissions due to gastrointestinal bleeding.
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