Once upon a time, one Dr. Simon Chapman of the University of Sydney received a short note from a local farmer: "Have you university types ever looked at whether dog bites happen more around the full moon? It's a well known fact that they do." Chapman decided to put this urban legend to the test.
On Saturday March 19, we will be treated the largest full moon in some time. Don't worry about this perigee moon causing tidal weirdness — this extra-large moon will simply be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than apogee moons.
A crazy-looking full moon rises over the angel statue atop the Alexander Column in the Palace Square of St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo by AP/Dmitry Lovetsky.