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26 July 2013

 - As many of us can vouch from personal experience, a full Moon can disturb a good night's sleep.

Researchers have now found evidence of a "lunar influence" in a study of 33 volunteers sleeping in tightly controlled laboratory conditions.

When the Moon was round, the volunteers took longer to nod off and had poorer quality sleep, despite being shut in a darkened room.

They also had a dip in levels of a hormone called melatonin that is linked to natural-body clock cycles.

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31 January 2013

Waning moon and its halo as seen through the branches of a willow tree. Image by Michael Flood

Source: Earthsky.org

 

Several months before the Titanic’s fateful encounter with an iceberg, the moon had been closer to Earth than in 1,400 years, and it was full just six minutes before.

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