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Spicules
A spicule is a dynamic  tube of hot gas, about 500km diameter, on the Sun. It is shaped by the magnetic field and moves upwards at about 20 km/s from the photosphere.

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Amorphous
An amorphous solid is a material in which there is no localised or larger order to the positions of the atoms. ie lacking crystalline structure.

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Thanatocoenosis
A thanatocoenosis is an assemblage of dead organisms that have been brought together in death.

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Nutation
A slow 'nodding' of the Earth's axis due to the gravitational tug of the Moon on the Earth's protuberant equator.

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Undae
Undae are dunes.

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Nadir
The point on the celestial sphere directly below the observer. The nadir is directly opposite the zenith.

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Catena
A catena is a chain of craters.

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Appulse
The apparent close approach of two celestial bodies as seen from Earth, such as a star and a planet, or two planets for example.

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Sygyzy
The term describes the alignment of three planets, or celestial bodies along a straight line.
A planet is in syzygy with the earth and sun when it is in opposition or conjunction, i.e., when its elongation is 180° or 0°. Likewise, during a lunar eclipse, the moon is in syzygy with the earth and sun.
Unusually the word contains no vowels.

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Hassled
The term `hassled` can be use to describe a galaxy that is close to another perhaps larger galaxy, or galaxies,  and is being  gravitationally affected by them; A hassled galaxy...

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