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Does The Full Moon Really Affect Us?

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From impacting ocean tides, calendars and its cultural significance, the full moon has always intrigued us.

2019 has been the summer of the moon. Man first stepped on the moon 50 years ago, and over the past few months we've been looking at back at the history of the space race and ahead at what future missions might look like.

READ: 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11 Moon Landing Has Wisconsin Scientists Looking Back, Forward

Our astronomy contributor, Jean Creighton, examines the data to find that the moon doesn't necessarily affect us in the way many tend to believe. But she has been struck by how people engage with the moon — and not always from a scientific point of view.

"I think it's useful to say that the presence of the full moon, as you say, does make us romantics, does yield beautiful poetry, beautiful songs, does affect us in a positive way. And it connects us to people in other parts of the world, it connects us to our history. We've been looking at that nearest companion of ours for as long as people have been looking up."

From tides, 'The Translyvania Effect,' calendars and cultural significance, Creighton joins Lake Effect's Bonnie North to debunk the claims that the moon has an effect on us:

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Dr. Jean Creighton has always been inspired by how the cosmos works. She was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Athens, Greece where her mother claims she showed a great interest in how stars form from the age of five. She studied physics at the University of Athens and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Waterloo. She began teaching astronomy at UW-Milwaukee in 1999 and in 2007, she took over as director of UWM's Manfred Olson Planetarium.
Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.