The first day of spring is Monday, March 20, 2023, at 5:24 p.m. EDT. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this was marked by the arrival of the Vernal Equinox (otherwise known as the “First Point of Aries.”).
Vernal translates to “new” and “fresh,” and equinox derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night).
So what does that mean? Essentially, our hours of daylight—the period of time each day between sunrise and sunset—have been growing slightly longer each day since the winter solstice in December, which is the shortest day of the year (at least in terms of light). Read more »
Hey there hat wearing, cartoon horse loving, darlings you.
It’s a bit nippy our part of the world but Hattingdon opted to wear a large black fascinator anyway, embellished with a very substantial bloom in a luscious pink along with a touch of sweet greenery. What’s it all about? Spring Equinox! Ain’t she sweet?
We didn’t even know for sure what Spring Equinox was. It’s been a long time since we were in school. We know. If we watched the Weather Channel we would know all this. Or even the local news! We noticed it of course because of social media. How “today” of us all.
Anyway, it goes like this:
The word Equinox comes from Latin and means “equality of night and day” . . . . In the northern hemisphere, the spring, or vernal equinox happens around March 21, when the sun moves north across the celestial equator. The autumnal equinox occurs around September 22nd, when the sun crosses the celestial equator going south. (Dictionary.com)
So on March 21, 2019, you will see approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. Sounds perfectly reasonable!
Why do we have an Equinox?
Brian Resnick writes:
The equinox, the seasons, and the changing length of daylight hours throughout the year are all due to one fact: The Earth spins on a tilted axis.
The tilt — possibly caused by a massive object hitting Earth billions of years ago — means that half the year, the North Pole is pointed toward the sun. For the other half of the year, the South Pole gets more light. It’s what gives us the seasons. (vox.com)