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The Moon - Facts, Trivia and Folklore

Updated on January 13, 2010

About the Moon

The moon has been an object of fascination for as long as mankind has been alive.
We've talked about it, wondered about it, traveled to and explored it, written songs about it, used it to guide us through the night and in some cases believed good things and bad things were tied to its many phases.
This hub tells some of the interesting things I've enjoyed learning about the moon. I hope you find one or two things that you hadn't known before now.

Facts and trivia about the moon.

The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. The Harvest Moon sometimes occurs in September and sometimes in October. This is the time for gather crops, such as squash, pumpkins, corn.

Two 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. The footprints should last at least 10 million years. Probably far longer.

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.

In Colonial America, the February moon was called the Trapper's Moon and
the March moon was called the Fish Moon.

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

The moon is 225,745 miles from earth.

The Cherokee Indians had their own names for the moon each month.

January - Cold Moon
February - Bony Moon
March - Windy Moon
April - Flower Moon
May - Planting Moon
June - Green Corn Moon
July - Ripe Corn Moon
August - Fruit Moon
September - Nut Moon
October - Harvest Moon
November - Trading Moon
December - Snow Moon

In English Medieval times, they also had their own names for the moon.

January - Wolf Moon
February - Storm Moon
March - Chaste Moon
April - Seed Moon
May - Hare Moon
June - Dyan Moon
July - Mead Moon
August - Corn Moon
September - Barley Moon
October - Blood Moon
November - Snow Moon
December Oak Moon

Other groups and cultures also had their own names for the moon each month including the Neo Pagans, Celtics, Dakotah Sioux Indians, Choctaw Indians and the Chinese.

Now for my favorite part. Folklore is filled with stories and beliefs about the moon. Are any of them actually true? Who's to say. There almost always seems to be a bit of truth attached to lore.


According to Folklore

It is lucky to hold a moonstone in your mouth at the full moon and it is said that it will reveal the future.

It is unlucky to sleep in the moonlight, or worse, be born in the moonlight.

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

If you move to a new home during a waning moon, you will certainly 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.

During my time working at a reference answer desk, one of the most often asked questions was, When is the next full moon. So, I'm including a list of the full moon dates for November and December as well as all of 2010.

Full moon dates for the remainder of 2009 and all of 2010.

2009
November 2, 2009 at 11:15am
December 2nd and 31st 11:32pm/11:14am

2010

Jan      30      06:19      Sat


Feb     28     16:40     Sun

Mar     30     02:28     Tue

Apr     28     12:21     Wed

May     27     23:09     Thu
     

Jun     26     11:32     Sat
     

Jul     26     01:38     Mon
     

Aug     24     17:06     Tue
     

Sep     23     09:19     Thu
     

Oct     23     01:38     Sat
     

Nov     21     17:28     Sun
     

Dec     21     08:15     Tue

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    • camdjohnston12 profile image

      camdjohnston12 6 years ago

      Entertaining and fascinating hub. I like it . Thanks.

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      Martha Castillo 7 years ago from San Diego CA

      Thank you for this treat of a hub.

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      Newsclipper 8 years ago from Michigan

      ehern33, thanks for stopping by and reading my hub. I'm glad you liked it. I've been fascinated by the moon since I was little kid. I guess a lot of people are. You're right about the mysticism. We know a lot about it and yet it's a drop in the bucket compared to how much there is still to learn.

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      ehern33 8 years ago

      There is a certain mysticism about the moon. I like the different names given for the months. Nice hub.. Thanks for writing it.