Full moons

by Ty Myrddin

Published on April 9, 2022

Moon phases
All matter on Earth, both live and inert, experiences the effects of the gravitational forces of the Sun and Moon expressed in the form of tides. The periodic oscillations exhibit two daily cycles and are modulated monthly and annually by the motions of these two celestial bodies. All organisms on the planet have evolved in this context.

A new study finds that all biological organisms, from plants, to animals, to human beings, all have a connection to the gravitational forces coming from the Sun and Moon. Science heading for (common) ground.

Although the exact mechanism of the moon's influence on earth, humans and animals awaits further scientific exploration, finding correlations between target features and moon cycles may be helpful in relevant data science projects such as in health research, and for example, for predicting earthquakes and floods.

Today, most countries on Earth are using the Julian calendar. It was introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 BCE and replaced the Roman moon based calendar. This predecessor was a very complicated lunar calendar. It required a group of people to decide when days should be added or removed in order to keep the calendar in sync with the solar seasons, marked by equinoxes and solstices.

We can scrape the Fullmoon Calendar website for a dataset of full moons that can be merged into time series datasets for correlation purposes: The code, and the 1900-2050 full moon datasets.

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