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Misconceptions of the Moon
Dara O'Briain discusses four myths about the Moon in this light-hearted feature. The first is that the Moon is made of cheese. It is thought that this comes from a 16 century folk tale. Dara explains that only since the Apollo missions do we know the Moon is made of very similar rock to Earth (and this leads scientists to think that it was once part of our planet). The second is that the moon causes natural disasters. Dara states that there is no evidence for this. The third is that a full Moon turns people into animals. It is thought this might be linked to the genetic disease Porphyria. The final myth is that a full moon makes people mad. Again Dara states that there is no evidence for this.
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