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Named for the Roman god Janus, protector of gates and doorways. Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking into the past, the other into the future.

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    Relative humidity

    The amount of moisture in the air compared to the maximum amount of moisture the air could hold at a given temperature; measured as a precentage of saturation.

    Perigean Tide

    A monthly tide of increased range that occurs when the Moon is at perigee (closest to Earth).


    The apparent annual path of the Sun around the celestial sphere. The plane of the ecliptic is tipped 231⁄2° from the celestial equator.


    Empty talk; contemptible nonsense; trash; humbug.


    Originally, a gondola race in Venice; now, a rowing or sailing race, or a series of such races.


    Make a mess of, destroy or ruin.

    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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