by Gerald Epling

There is a Supermoon in the eastern sky tonight. If you missed it, look again in 30 days (January 31, 2018) and there will be another with dramatic red color.

Supermoons occur when the orbit of the moon is approximately 30,000 miles closer to Earth than its furthest orbital distance. This makes the moon appear to be 14% larger. It’s hard to take your eyes off a Supermoon hanging low near the horizon. Compared to a large tree or another nearby familiar object, the Supermoon is noticeably larger than usual.

In addition to providing its stunning beauty, the moon has a well-known effect on tides.

Less well-known is the effect of the full moon on the reproductive growth of cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are credited with producing abundant oxygen for our world. A few cyanobacteria known as spirulina and AFA are also edible and provide many health benefits.

These two cyanobacteria are functional foods, helping us build and rebuild healthy bodies in many ways. AFA and spirulina are linked to increases of progenitor cells in the blood. Progenitor cells are adaptable cells, which have developed to a point where they are nearly ready to take on roles as replacement cells for specific parts of the body. More versatile are the primitive cells. These tiny cells travel in the bloodstream and are thought to be able to replace almost any cell in the body. Thus, the full moon also plays a part in providing healthy experiences.

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Photo of the moon courtesy of NASA –