Are more babies born during a full moon?

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It was silly of me to make this graph because multiple large-scale studies have shown that there is no correlation between the phase of the moon and when babies decide to show up. But when you're a programmer with data and a word problem, sometimes bad things happen.

This graph looks pretty even, so I'm going to conclude the same thing everyone else does: babies don't care anything about what the moon's doing, they come when they're ready to be born.

Math check

I like showing my work, so here's php code to figure out what moon phase a recent date is in. This also inspired me to write my What moon phase were you born in quiz, there are more notes on moon phases and lunar months then.
// Start with the date you're learning about ($timestamp)

$synmonth = 29.53059;	// Days in a synodic lunar month
$oneday = 24*60*60;	// Seconds in a day
$firstnew = mktime(12,0,0,1,26,1971);	// We happen to know there was a new moon on 26 Jan 1971

$timestamp = $timestamp-$firstnew; // Difference between our timestamp and the new moon

$daysoff = round(fmod($timestamp,$synmonth*$oneday)/$oneday,0);

Data table

Days away from
the new moon
# of babies
spontaneously born

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