Word of the Day

Moon’s place

Astronomical: The actual position of the Moon within the constellations on the celestial sphere. Astrological: The astrological position of the Moon within the zodiac according to calculations made more than 2,000 years ago. Because of precession of the equinoxes and other factors, this is not the Moon’s actual position in the sky.

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    Myrmecophobia

    Fear of ants

    Scoleciphobia

    Fear of worms

    Aphelion

    The point in a planet’s orbit that is farthest from the Sun.

    Spring Tide

    A tide of increased range that occurs at times of syzygy each month. Named not for the season of spring but from the German springen ("to leap up"), a spring tide also brings a lower low water.

    Beware the Pogonip

    The word pogonip is a meteorological term used to describe an uncommon occurrence—frozen fog. The word was coined by Native Americans to describe the frozen fogs of fine ice needles that occur in the mountain valleys of the western United States in December. According to Indian tradition, breathing the fog is injurious to the lungs.

    Lenticular Cloud

    Lenticular clouds are only seen around mountains. These strange clouds are easy to spot, because they look like flying saucers or a stack of pancakes. Their most interesting characteristic is that they don't move. Winds blow right through them, while other clouds are swept away.

    Tattoo

    Of Polynesian origin. To color, as the flesh, by pricking in coloring matter, so as to form marks or figures which can not be washed out.

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