This will be the first post in my new blog. Blogging never seemed very interesting to me and my life would definitely, in my opinion, be much less interesting than a blog on people who like to blog about people who blog. Instead I have chosen to write a blog on knowledge, interesting facts, things that make you look really smart but, in fact, are standard facts that people just don’t listen to/ remember.

Every day I will pick one aspect from the news and link it to some interesting facts. It will make for light reading; something that people can actually enjoy, hopefully.

Well that failed already; how interesting is the news these days; not very.

Today, however, is rather interesting if you’re a keen star gazer.

Tonight when the January full moon rises, it will be the biggest and brightest full moon of 2010. Since it coincides with the second-closest perigee (the Moon’s closest point to Earth in it’s orbital path(and also an awesome word)) of the year on January 29th. According to NASA this full moon will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons of the year. 

As a bonus, Mars is also out tonight. The only other visible spec in the sky due to the moon’s extreme brightness tonight.

Many people think full moons cause strange behavior among animals and even humans. In fact several studies over the years have tried to tie lunar phases to births, heart attacks, deaths, suicides, violence, psychiatric hospital admissions and epileptic seizures, and more. Connections have been inclusive or nonexistent.

The moon does have some odd effects on our planet, and there are oodles of other amazing moon facts and misconceptions:

  • A full moon at perigee also brings higher ocean tides. This tug of the moon on Earth also creates tides in the planet’s crust, not just in the oceans.
  • Beaches are more polluted during full moon, owing to the higher tides.
    In reality, there’s no such thing as a full moon. The full moon occurs when the sun, Earth and the moon are all lined up, almost. If they’re perfectly aligned, Earth casts a shadow on the moon and there’s a total lunar eclipse. So during what we call a full moon, the moon’s face is actually slightly less than 100 percent illuminated.
  • The moon is moving away as you read this, by about 1.6 inches a year.
  • Beaches are more polluted during full moon, owing to the higher tides.

A friend of mine says that his ducks never sleep on a new moon. This could be to do with the brightness of the moon keeping them awake; good luck tonight buddy.


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