Just step outside in the middle of the night when the sky is clear and the moon is full and look it for a moment.
May 4, Benbau in Ekaterinburg, Russia March 19 during a so-called "supermoon. Dmitry Benbau The biggest full moon of the year will rise Saturday May 5 as Earth's only satellite swings into its perigee, or closest approach to Earth.
This so-called "supermoon" will appear extra big and extra bright.
In honor of the moon's big showwe're dispelling a few myths about the Earth's rocky satellite. Read on for the real scoop on the moon's role in madness, the history of the moon landing, and how that whole green cheese thing got started.
The Moon Makes Us Crazy The word lunacy traces its roots to the word "lunar," and plenty of people, from nurses to police officers, will tell you that things get wild around the full moon. But this non-supernatural equivalent of the werewolf myth doesn't hold water.
A review of the literature on the timing of mental illness and the moon found that the folklore that links the full moon with mental breakdowns, criminal behavior and other disturbances has no basis in scientific data.
Nor has research turned up a link between the moon's phase and surgery outcomes — though pets are more likely to need a trip to the emergency room during a full moonlikely because owners keep them out and about later on nights when the moon brightens up the sky. The Supermoon Can Cause Disasters The reason we have supermoons is because the moon's orbit is not perfectly circular.
When it swings closer to Earth on its elliptical path, the moon does exert a bit more of a gravitational pull on our planet. But it's nothing Earth can't handle.
Tidal forces around the world will be particularly high and low, with the moon exerting 42 percent more force at its closest point to Earth than it does at its farthest, according to Joe RaoSPACE. This extra force doesn't have an appreciable effect on disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, however.
We've got a dozen astronauts who have proudly returned to Earth to recall walking on our great satellite. But conspiracy theories claiming that the moon landing was faked just won't die. They're unlike any Earth rocks, lacking water-bearing minerals and bearing tiny meteoroid craters from the specks of dust that would have been burned up in Earth's atmosphere but which landed on the surface of the airless moon.
As thinly sourced as it is, the hoax theories can be frustrating to those who risked their lives to get to the moon. InBuzz Aldrin, one of the members of the original Apollo 11 mission, was dogged by conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel at an event.
When Sibrel blocked Aldrin's path and called him a "coward" and a "liar," the thenyear-old astronaut punched Sibrel in the face.
The Moon Is Made of Green Cheese The myth to dispel here isn't so much about the moon's makeup — definitely not cheese — but rather the idea that anyone ever believed the old "the moon is green cheese" canard at all.
How Reality Made Myth ] In other words, the first known mention of the moon being green cheese was actually mocking the idea that anyone would believe that the moon was green cheese. Heywood apparently underestimated early 20th-century children: A study published in the American Journal of Psychology surveyed young children about their beliefs about the moon and found that the most common explanation for what it might be made of was cheese.
Other theories included rags, God, yellow paper and "dead people who join hands in a circle of light. In fact, levels of support for human lunar exploration were close to what is seen today. Polls in the s ranked spaceflight near the top of the list of programs that Americans wanted cut, study researcher and Smithsonian space historian Roger Launius found.
The enthusiasm it had "waned over time," he continued, "until by the end of the Apollo program in December one has the image of the program as something akin to a limping marathoner straining with every muscle to reach the finish line before collapsing.This workshop shows you how to write myths — stories that explain natural phenomena in a creative way.
You'll also find writing strategies and a few warm-up activities to get you started!
Greek Mythology Project. Search this site. Home. Research the Gods. Research the Stories. Write Your Own Myth. Present Your Myth. Sitemap. Write Your Own Myth. Step 3: Write your own myth 1. Common Characteristics of Myths (include at least 3 in your story - click on the link to see what they are) 2. Include at least two different gods or. Aug 20, · How to Create an Interesting Mythology Ever wanted to create your own mythology for a fictional text, or simply for fun? Here is a simple guide to the best, most believable way of creating a belief system or myth of your own%(). of planets Build sun dial, measuring for accurate marking, Writing Your Own Myth About the Moon or Sun and Calculating size ratios of sun, moon, earth, planets.
Last but not least, you'll write an original myth of your own. Before humans found scientific explanations for such things as the moon and the sun and rainbows, they tried to understand them by telling stories. As you start to think about writing your own myth, try these warm-ups.
Pick out the natural phenomenon you want to write about. Make it something that really interests you. Many cultures around the world have interesting myths about the Moon, reflecting its prominence in the night sky and its impact on our lives.
Did you know that, according to ancient Chinese myth, humans were generated from the fleas which lived on the body of the giant Pan-Ku? In the Mayan writing system, a symbol showing the moon goddess seated inside the moon was used before the names of noble women.
Nov 13, · How to Write a Myth In this Article: Article Summary Brainstorming Ideas Writing the Myth Community Q&A You might know the stories about Hercules and Zeus, or stories from the many other mythological traditions around the world%(10). One stormy dark night, having only one thing in the sky being the moon, there was a little boy. This wasn’t an ordinary boy, no this boy had long hair and sharp teeth, his name was malves. Every night he would go an look for fish to eat, not tonight, tonight was resting night. Myth 1: The Moon Makes Us Crazy The word lunacy traces its roots to the word "lunar," and plenty of people, from nurses to police officers, will tell you that things get wild around the full moon.
The Greeks associated the moon with the goddess Artemis*, sister of Apollo. They also called it Hecate, Cynthia, and Selene. The Roman name for the moon was Luna. The Moon in Myths. Myths About the Moon: Lesson for Kids there was a Russian myth that claimed that the moon is actually a spacecraft for aliens.
How to . Myth 1: The Moon Makes Us Crazy The word lunacy traces its roots to the word "lunar," and plenty of people, from nurses to police officers, will tell you that things get wild around the full moon.