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Florida

The name Florida comes from a Spanish phrase meaning "Feast of Flowers."

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Iowa

The state of Iowa may have received its name from a Native American word meaning "beautiful land."

Friggatriskaidekaphobia

The fear of Friday the 13th.

Moonrise/Moonset

The Moon’s rising above or descending below the horizon.

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.

Perigee

The point in the Moon’s orbit that is closest to Earth.

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.

Opposition

The Moon or a planet appears on the opposite side of the sky from the Sun (elongation 180°).

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