This name comes from the Latin plenilunium and literally means full or full moon (plenus = full and lunium = light). It is a lunar phase in which the Earth’s natural satellite is fully illuminated.
The full moon is one of the four lunar phases
When observing the Moon from Earth we can always distinguish the same face, since both planets rotate on themselves at the same speed and therefore the visual perspective does not change.
In relation to the lunar phases, they are produced by the interaction of the Moon, Earth and Sun. Thus, when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth, the New Moon phase appears (the Sun projects over the hidden face of the Moon and this prevents us from seeing the other side).
After seven days, we observe the half of the Moon and for this reason it is called crescent (interestingly, it presents itself in the shape of a D, which means that it is in the growth phase ). After this last phase, seven days later, the most luminous phase is observed, that of the Full Moon (this is possible by reflecting all the sunlight on it).
Finally, when it appears in the form of the letter C, it means that the phase is decreasing or decreasing.
How does the full moon affect us?
In ancient folktales, it was said that during the nights of the full moon, vampires went out in search of their victims and some men changed into wolves. Currently, there are still people who believe that during this lunar phase, individuals undergo changes that affect their character and because of this the number of crimes increases.
On the other hand, from a scientific point of view , it seeks to demonstrate the relationship between the lunar cycle and the strangest behaviors, but the studies carried out have not brought definitive conclusions. Although science does not offer a conclusive answer to this question, many people still believe in the Moon’s influence on life cycles (for example, it is often said that the number of births is higher on nights of full moon).
The tides and the balance of the terrestrial axis
Twice a day the tide rises and falls due to the Moon’s influence on the oceans (water is attracted by the Moon’s mass and when the Sun is aligned with the Moon, the two forces are added and the tides are even greater).
At the same time, the Earth’s balance depends on the effect of the Moon’s gravity on our planet. If the Moon did not exist, there would be an impact on the Earth’s axis and, therefore, serious consequences for the climate.