Our Earth’s only satellite Moon has been a subject of curiosity and beliefs from ancient times. Here are 5 myths about the moon which have divided the society for years.
Here are five myths that maintain a hold on many people’s imaginations.
The moon controls the fertility
- Many early civilizations believed that the moon determines when women could become pregnant.
- According to another theory, full moons cause an uptick in births, this one once had statistical research in its favour, still, the doctors and scientist rejected any link between moon and labours.
The full moon makes you loony
- Another myth involving full moon is that it incites the odd or insane behaviour, including sleepwalking, suicide, illegal activity and fits of violence.
- In 18th-century England, people on trial for murder could campaign for a lighter sentence on grounds of lunacy if the crime occurred under a full moon.
The oversimplification of the moon controlling the tides on Earth
- We have read in our textbooks that tides on Earth are caused by the moon’s gravitational pulls, however, it’s not the only object responsible.
- Earth’s geography is a greater determinant of the size and timing of tides than any celestial bodies.
NASA faked the moon landing
- Around 20 million people in America alone believed that the Apollo moon landings were faked by NASA.
- People still believe that NASA used doctored photos, staged videos and other ploys to dupe the public.
The race to the moon began after Sputnik surprised America
- The Sputnik is considered as the inciting event in NASA’s very own online guide of moon exploration.
- But according to NASA chief historian Roger Launius, “Sputnik was not a surprise — not to anybody who was paying attention.”