Many people swear by the full moon’s power to cause more crime, depression, suicide, and people’s moods. Studies have suggested there may be some truth to this. The same thing holds true from solar flare radiation as it hit’s the earth’s atmosphere.
If you are feeling a little funky, moody, or just not yourself in the next few days, it could be due to the solar flare radiation raining down on the earth. Monday three solar flare events happened on the sun, with one being the largest type of solar flares, the class X type. The radiation from these solar flares are hitting the earth today and tomorrow, according to NASA.
The solar flare radiation plays havoc with communication systems, navigation satellites, and power grids, but it is also thought to cause mood changes in some people due to its influence on magnetic fields.
A psychiatrist at Columbia University, Kelly Posner, suggests that one reason for the association between the geomagnetic activity from a solar flare and mood changes is that the geomagnetic storms can desynchronize circadian rhythms and melatonin production, this is reported in an article on the website Sunlightenment.
The circadian rhythm refers to our own body clock which tells us when to sleep, eat, wake up, and basically all the things you do that come natural at different times of the day.
According to the online medical dictionary, the circadian rhythm “is the regular recurrence in cycles of approximately 24 hours from one stated point to another. Certain biological activities that occur at that interval regardless of constant darkness or other conditions of illumination.”
If your circadian rhythm gets thrown off, as it might during the solar flare activity’s aftermath, you can feel depressed, sad, sluggish, tired, and your natural state of “happy go lucky,” seems to waning down, you may be under the influence of the solar flare activity fall out?
Of course this is all theory, but studies have shown correlations between the solar flare activities and depression and suicide. You can read about them HERE.
Connecticut residents may receive a nice perk of the solar flares this week. The Nutmeg State is said to be one of the better spots in the US for a chance to see the enhanced Northern Lights due to the solar flare radiation. NOAA reports that New England and the Great Lakes region will have the best chances in the US to see mother natures light show, if it can be seen at all in the US.
This is if all conditions are right, but if they are, Connecticut residents can see the Northern Lights in the night sky, before and after the moon is high in the sky.
Reference: NASA, NOAA, Online Medical Dictionary, New Scientest, Sunlightenment