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Moon’s phases

The continually changing appearance of the Moon, caused by the different angles at which it is illuminated by the Sun. First Quarter: The right half of the Moon is illuminated, as seen from the Northern Hemisphere. Full: The Sun and the Moon are in opposition; the entire disk of the Moon is illuminated as viewed from Earth. Last Quarter: The left half of the Moon is illuminated, as seen from the Northern Hemisphere. New: The Sun and the Moon are in conjunction; the entire disk of the Moon is darkened as viewed from Earth.

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    Pineapple Express

    A strong south-westerly wind off the Pacific Ocean. This wind can bring heavy rain and flooding to the Pacific Northwest during winter.

    Scoleciphobia

    Fear of worms

    Celestial sphere

    An imaginary sphere projected into space that represents the entire sky, with an observer on Earth at its center. All celestial bodies other than Earth are imagined as being on its inside surface.

    Scuttlebutt

    A report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people.

    Right ascension

    The celestial longitude of an object in the sky, measured eastward along the celestial equator in hours of time from the vernal equinox; analogous to longitude on Earth.

    Nimbostratus cloud

    Dark, shapeless cloud layer containing rain, snow, and ice pellets.

    Stratocumulus cloud

    Rounded cloud mass that forms on top of a layer.

    Pyrheliometer

    An instrument that measures direct solar radiation.


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