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Golden number

A number in the 19-year cycle of the Moon, used for determining the date of Easter. (The Moon repeats its phases approximately every 19 years.) Add 1 to any given year and divide the result by 19; the remainder is the Golden Number. If there is no remainder, the Golden Number is 19.

Last 7 Days

    April

    From the Latin word aperio, "to open (bud)," because plants begin to grow in this month.

    March

    Named for the Roman god of war, Mars. This was the time of year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted by winter.

    Moon rides High/runs Low

    The Moon is highest above or farthest below the celestial equator.

    Lilapsophobia

    The fear of hurricanes or tornadoes

    October

    From the Latin word octo, "eight," because this had been the eighth month of the early Roman calendar.

    Epact

    A number from 1 to 30 that indicates the Moon’s age on January 1 at Greenwich, England; used for determining the date of Easter.

    Vanishing Tide

    A mixed tide of considerable inequality in the two highs and two lows, so that the lower high (or higher low) may become indistinct or appear to vanish.


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