Full Moon Essay

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Full Moon A full moon is the lunar phase that happens when the Moon is fully illuminated as seen from the earth. This happens when the Moon is in opposition with the Sun, when it is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun; when the ecliptic longitude of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees. This means that the hemisphere of the Moon that faces the Earth (the near side) is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears throughout the year, while the other end is almost completely unlit. A full moon is the only time when a lunar eclipse is possible; at that time the moon can move through the shadow cast by the earth. Because to the inclination of the orbit of the moon around the earth in relation to the earth's orbit around the sun, the moon can go above or below the shadow, so a lunar eclipse does not happen in every full moon. Lunar eclipses can happen only when the full moon happens near the two nodes of the orbit, either ascending or descending node. This causes eclipses only happens about every 6 months, and often 2 weeks before or after a solar eclipse with the new moon on the opposite node. The legend of the full moon’s effects on human behavior has existed for centuries, popularized by the myth of the werewolf. The words “lunacy” and “lunatic” are derived from the same Latin root that gives us the word “lunar,” since people often attributed intermittent crazy to the phases of the moon. While many people believe the full moon influences behavior, scientific studies have found very little evidence supporting the “Lunar Effect.”Full moon and human biology or behavior, most studies find no connection sound, while some have been inconclusive, and many who sought to reveal connections turned out to involve flawed methods or have never played. Reliable studies comparing the lunar phases to births, heart attacks, deaths, suicides, violence, psychiatric

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