Spring….Ten Days Away…The March Equinox Is Near

By  | March 10, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

On Tuesday March 20, 2016, the day and night will be of almost equal duration at most time zones in the world. Here are some fun facts about the you might not know.

The March Equinox is known as the Vernal or Spring Equniox in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumnal (Fall) Equinox in the Southern Hemispshere.

Vernal or Spring Equniox is the First Equinox of the Year
The second equinox, the September Equinox, takes place on or around September 22 every year. It’s the Southern Hemisphere’s Spring Equinox and is called the Autumnal (Fall Equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere, astronomers and scientists use the March Equinox as the start of spring, which ends on the June Solstice, when astronomical summer begins.

While cultures around the world celebrate the whole day as the March Equinox, the equinox in reality occurs at a specific moment in time. It is the exact 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.SpringEquinoxEgg

Remember when Spring Equinox was celebrated on March 21? Well, remember again, because the last time that happened was in 2007 and the next time it will happen is in 2101!

Contrary to popular wisdom, the March Equinox can take place on March 19, 20 or 21. In the 21st century, the March Equinox has only occurred twice on March 21 – 2003 and 2007. A March 19 equinox will be more frequent during the last decades of the century.

Conventional wisdom suggests that on the equinox everybody on Earth gets to experience a day and night of equal lengths – 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night time. In fact, the name equinox is derived from the Latin words aequus, meaning equal and nox, meaning night.

Every year on the Spring Equinox, we hear about how it is the only day of the year when an egg can be perfectly balanced on its end. Many try it and those who fail are told that they didn’t try it at the exact time of the equinox. The truth however is that there is nothing magical about the equinox or the time it occurs – you can balance an egg perfectly on its end on any other day.

Many cultures around the world hold feasts and celebrate festivals and holidays to mark the March Equinox.

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