Our Moon has been much studied and has also inspired a large body of lore about it.

Her are some things from the study:

moon-spaceTwo full Moons in a month increase the chances of floods.

In China, the dark shadows forming a face is seen as “the toad in the moon,” not the “man in the moon.”

The footprints left by the Apollo astronauts will not erode as they would on Earth since there is no wind or water on the Moon and should last at least 10 million years.

There’s some evidence that shows people gain and lose weight in accordance with the cycles of the moon.

The temperature on the Moon ranges from daytime highs of about 265F to nighttime lows of about -170F.

When the Apollo 12 astronauts landed on the moon, the impact caused the Moon’s surface to vibrate for 55 minutes.

The diameter of the moon’s largest crater is 144 miles across.

If you weigh 140 pounds on earth, you would weigh 23.240 lbs on the moon.

The moon is 225,745 miles from earth.

 

And here are some of the nuggets of lore that we associate with our Moon:

moon lore 1It is lucky to hold a moonstone in your mouth at the Full Moon and it is said that doing so will reveal the future to you.

It is unlucky to sleep in the moonlight.

It is unlucky to be born in the moonlight.

To see the crescent moon over your right shoulder is considered lucky, but to see it over your left shoulder is unlucky.

If you move to a new home during a waning moon, you will never go hungry.

Some say that a the eyes of a cat will be open wider during a full moon than at any other time.

The term “moon struck” originally meant a person was chosen by the Goddess and the person was said to be blessed.

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