If you woke up at the crack of dawn today - and I definitely did not - you witnessed a phenomenon that hasn't happened for over a century: The super blue blood moon.
You're probably wondering, "What is a super blue blood moon?" Well, if you break it down, it makes sense: A 'blue moon' is the second full moon of the month. A 'super moon' is when the moon comes as close to the Earth as it can possibly get, appearing larger than normal. And 'blood' refers to the red tint the Earth's shadow casts on the moon during a lunar eclipse. (That's when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon.) When you put it all together, you get the super blue blood moon - the cosmic trifecta.
But even if you didn't wake up early enough to see the phenomenon, your mood may still be affected. Scientific research suggests that full moons create disruptive sleep patterns. In a Swiss study conducted in 2013, they found that during full moons, participants took longer to fall asleep, spent 30% less time in a deep sleep and had lower levels of the sleep hormone melatonin. So, if you're tossing and turning in bed tonight, it's the super blood moon's fault. Feel free to open your window, and yell curse words.
Also, you might have to deal with some fluctuating hormones. According to Migrane.com, "Women’s menstrual patterns can cycle with the full moon." And since a blue moon is the second moon of the month, that could lead "to a potential double whammy of hormonal shifts." Whooo! Two weeks of PMS this month instead of one! Who's excited? Nobody? Okay then. Sorry, ladies. Feel free to yell expletives at the moon today too.
Don't get too depressed, though. The super blue blood moon may have one positive effect: increased sex drive. Many astrologists have speculated that there's a connection between the lunar eclipse and your libido. Of course, there's no scientific proof of this, but hey, let's take what we can get here. You're not going to be able to sleep tonight anyway, so you might as well channel that cosmic energy into some lovemaking.
But be warned: According to a 2010 study in Japan, there is a connection between the gravitation of the moon and the frequency of births. The closer the moon is to the Earth, the more likely there will be a baby boom. So make sure you wear protection. Or, if you're trying to start a family, make sure you don't wear protection.
So, on the downside, you're not going to get any sleep tonight, and your hormones are going to be driving you crazy. But on the upside, you're going to want to make passionate love to everyone you see. Thanks, super blue blood moon. Maybe I'll wake up early enough to see you next century.
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