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Morning star

A planet that is above the eastern horizon at sunrise and less than 180° west of the Sun in right ascension.

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    Regatta

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

    July

    Named to honor Roman dictator Julius Caesar (100-44B.C.). In 46 B.C., Julius Caesar, with the help of Sosigenes, developed the Julian calendar, the precursor to the Gregorian calendar we use today.

    Phenology

    The study of natural periodic events in the life-cycle of plants (and animals).

    Dew

    Droplets of water which have condensed on objects, such as plants, which have cooled below the dewpoint temperature of the air.

    Shipshape

    Arranged in a manner befitting a ship; hence, trim; tidy; orderly.

    Three Chilly Saints

    Mamertus, Pancras, and Gervais were three early Christian saints. Because their feast days, on May 11, 12, and 13, respectively, are traditionally cold, they have come to be known as the Three Chilly Saints. An old French saying goes: "St. Mamertus, St. Pancras, and St. Gervais do not pass without a frost."

    Julian period

    A period of 7,980 years beginning January 1, 4713 b.c. Devised in 1583 by Joseph Scaliger, it provides a chronological basis for the study of ancient history. To find the Julian year, add 4,713 to any year.

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