The Full Moon: January

December 17, 2010

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Wolf Moon, early exploration of the far side of the Moon, and why the far side and the near side are different.


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According to H.H. Mitchell,

According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.

There is talk of the full

There is talk of the full moon influencing human behavior.How much of this is fact or fiction with respect to gravity.

Humans are mostly made of

Humans are mostly made of water. If the full moon can influence the tides of the sea, it can influence us humans.

Not only are humans mostly

Not only are humans mostly water, we are also the exact same percentage of water and matter as Mother Earth herself.

not true theres no way humans

not true theres no way humans have 97% of water in our bodies

"About 70% of the earth's

"About 70% of the earth's surface is covered with water. Ninety-seven percent of the water on the earth is salt water."

"Misconceptions about such

"Misconceptions about such things as the moon's effect on tides have contributed to lunar mythology. Many people seem to think that since the moon affects the ocean's tides, it must be so powerful that it affects the human body as well. The lunar force is actually a very weak tidal force. A mother holding her child "will exert 12 million times as much tidal force on her child as the moon" (Kelly et al., 1996: 25). Astronomer George O. Abell claims that a mosquito would exert more gravitational pull on your arm than the moon would (Abell 1979). Despite these physical facts, there is still widespread belief that the moon can cause earthquakes.* It doesn't; nor does the sun, which exerts much less tidal force on the earth than the moon."


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