Vernal Equinox Is the Beginning of Spring

Posted on: March 20th, 2014 | By Cliff Keith | Featured Posts, Redwood City, Redwood City CA, redwood city ca homes |

Vernal Equinox Is the Beginning of Spring   

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Vernal Equinox Is the Beginning of Spring buttercups

March 20th is the Vernal Equinox Is the Beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere it is fall or autumn. What this means to you and me is the Sun is directly overhead the equator, (the imaginary line around the center of the planet earth), on March Equinox at noon. Equinox means the same number of hours of sunlight on the both sides of the equator. Or, there are 12 hours of day light and 12 night darkness on the earth’s surface. Cool uh?

What happens is the sun rises at 6am and the sun sets at 6pm. This varies of course, based on different time zones, which are broader than what I am talking about which is local solar time.

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Vernal Equinox Is the Beginning of Spring tree blooming

Now if you are on the North Pole the Sunrise will be at noon and the North Pole will stay lit until the September Equinox.  On the South Pole the Sun will set at noon until the September Equinox where it will rise again for six months. At the Arctic and Antarctic Circles,(Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn), as with all the places on the planet Earth will experience 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness on March 20th.

The Spring and September Equinox start the beginning of weather change and temperatures. It is the rebirth of the season and considered new beginnings for some on the way they view life.

There is an urban legend that states you can balance an egg on its end during the Equinox. This is not true because you can balance an egg on its end any time you want with enough patience and practice. It’s not that hard to do.

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Vernal Equinox Is the Beginning of Spring
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