First Full Moon of 2012 Rises [POLL]

Does the moon impact human behavior? Vote in our poll.


The Old Moon, or Moon After Yule, will rise tonight - Monday, Jan. 9 - as the first full moon of 2012.

The full moon will rise in the east around sunset, according to the EarthSky website. At midnight, the moon will be highest in the sky, the site reported.

We've all heard the stories about what a full moon does to people, be it stories about increased crime, crazy antics or even stories of the elusive werewolf.

(P.S. A January full moon is also known as the Wolf Moon.)

So, readers - what do you think?

Since human bodies are made up of 65 percent water, as reported by Arnold Lieber in "How the Moon Affects You," does the moon influence us like it does the tides?

Note: The article was edited to reflect the correct date.

citizen January 10, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Crazies are out every night!
John M. Joy January 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM
You mean streetlights? Having one close and bright enough to be a nuisance was only a problem for me once, at an apartment when I was in grad school. (I invested in shades.) It's not worth putting up shades when contending with the moon a scant few days a month, so I'm betting most people (like me) don't. Another big difference: a streetlight is fixed; the moon moves (okay, the Earth turns) throughout the night, so the light is entering the room at different angles and intensities as the night progresses.
SILENT WOLF January 11, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Sandi Forman January 12, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Well, I can't say if it makes people behave "weirder," but I do know that my obstetrician told me that the birth rate increases dramatically during a full moon. Sure enough, he was exhausted and sleeping when I was admitted to delivery very early in the morning after a full moon. He had already seen to 13 other births that night.
Jaimie Cura January 12, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Wow, Sandi! That is quite the experience!


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