A few facts about Spring Equinox…
…which began in the Northern Hemisphere 2017 was at 7:28 AM on Monday, March 20! And it will end on Wednesday, June 21.
The spring (vernal) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is also known as the March equinox. It's called the "autumnal (fall) equinox" in the Southern Hemisphere.
Why is it called the spring 'equinox'? Since night and day are nearly exactly the same length–12 hours–all over the world the event is called the equinox, which in Latin, literally means 'equal night' (equi–equal, and nox–night). In reality though, equinoxes do not have exactly 12 hours of daylight. Solstices and equinoxes mark key stages in the astronomical cycle of the earth. In a year there are two equinoxes (spring and autumn) and two solstices (summer and winter).
The dates of the equinoxes and solstices aren't fixed due to the Earth's elliptical orbit of the sun. The Earth's orbit around the sun means that in early January, the sun is closest (known as perihelion) and in early July it is most distant (aphelion).
We use the equinox to mark the change of seasons, as the balance of light shifts to make for longer days or nights. It usually means that it's time to hunker down for colder seasons, or time to rise and shine for warmer ones.
You may also notice that on the equinox, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west, whereas at other times in the year, it appears off-centre if you're facing those directions.
What happens on an equinox?
The Earth's axis always tilts at an angle of about 23.5° in relation to the ecliptic, i.e the imaginary plane created by the Earth's orbit around the Sun. On any other day of the year, either the Northern Hemisphere or the Southern Hemisphere tilts a little towards the Sun but on the two equinoxes, the tilt of the Earth's axis is perpendicular to the Sun's rays.
The equinox happens at exactly the same time around the world, at the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator–the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s Equator–from south to north. At this moment, the Earth's axis is neither tilted away from nor towards the Sun. In 2017, this happens at 10.20am UTC (GMT).
Do you mark the arrival of Spring in any special way?
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We celebrate spring by getting outside and working in the yard - if there isn't any snow. I found the eggs below Romance Books for usReplyDelete
Hi Denyse! I wasn't sure we were ever going to get spring here. Those cold temps had a tight grip on us.ReplyDelete
Great info on the ways of the Earth. I agree working in the yard is a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of Spring, also dancing the circle.ReplyDelete
Informative blog! Last weekend had a nice day, so we preped the garden and worked in the backyard. Could hardly move the next day. LOL Snow is till in the forcast but it'll be Spring soon. The moisture is a blessing around here. Best of luck with Bella Signorina!ReplyDelete
Fantastico - grazie per la informazione! This was so informative and delightful -- thanks so much for sharing! The book looks great, can't wait to check it out!ReplyDelete
I like learning the background of events and especially the meaning of words. Your post was informative.ReplyDelete
Vernal and autumnal equinoxes as well as both solstices are big deals at my house. I don't do huge celebrations, but use those times to reflect on the season, set goals for the next, and get out the appropriate decorations. A few candles and a little incense and --voila! Thanks for the informative post.ReplyDelete