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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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    Buccaneer

    The name was first given to the French settlers whose business was to hunt wild cattle and swine. A robber upon the sea; a pirate; -- a term applied especially to the piratical adventurers who made depredations on the Spaniards in America in the 17th and 18th centuries.

    Semidiurnal Tide

    A tide with one high water and one low water every half day. East Coast tides, for example, are semidiurnal, with two highs and two lows during a tidal day of approximately 24 hours.

    Regatta

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

    Stratocumulus cloud

    Rounded cloud mass that forms on top of a layer.

    Moon on equator

    The Moon is on the celestial equator.

    Benny

    East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil.

    Minnesota

    The name is from the Sioux word meaning "sky-tinted water" or "cloudy water."

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