On November 14, we’ll all be glued to the stars trying to catch a peek of the first Super moon in 70 years. While we all know what a full moon looks like, this one will be 14% bigger and 30% brighter.
Super moons are relatively common, but it’s rare that one will be this big. And our favorite part? With any mega moon event comes the crazies. And we’re not the first to go totally nuts over super moons, we’ve been doing it for ages!
Here are some of the wildest legends behind the Super Moon.
1. Super moons make you crazy
For centuries, people have thought that full moons, and especially super moons, make you crazy. They’ve been associated with insane behavior, sleepwalking, illegal activities and bouts of violence.
Even the words lunatic and lunacy were derived from the ancient Roman goddess Luna. And for thousands of years, doctors and mental health professionals believed there was a strong connection between maddness and the moon.
2. Marks the start of the largest sex event
Who knew the moon was so sexual? The moon, with all its power and gravity tugging abilities, is said to evoke ancient animal behaviors, including the start of one of the largest sex events on Earth (the spawning of corals).
Science journals have proven that the full moon sparks the biggest moonlight sex events with hundreds of coral reef building species.
3. Super moons control fertility
Ancient mythology suggests that women are extremely fertile during certain phases of the moon and some have based entire family plans on this hypothesis. Just think about the effect a super moon can have on these moon-induced babies.
4. Werewolves come out to play
Perhaps this is the greatest legend of all time: the werewolf. We all know from Teen Wolf that when the sun goes down and the moon comes up, man can turn into a wolf and go savage. The origin of this legend can be traced back to Germanic paganism and Proto-Indo-European mythology, where lycanthropy (the transformation of man to wolf) is reconstructed as an aspect of the initiation of the warrior class.
5. The Apocalypse is coming
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 Rao, SPACE.com’s skywatching columnist. This extra force doesn’t have an appreciable effect on disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, however.
Lunar activity can be associated to changes in gravitational pull and changes in tidal force, which is just enough to give people what they need to predict the apocalypse.
Religious groups love to predict the end of time and judgement day with the orbit of the moon. The Bible
gives ominous warnings of doom signaled by rare cycles of the moon.