Happy Equinox – Spring Edition

Like clockwork

Like clockwork

Each year, the planet we call home cycles through the seasons. Due to the tilt of our planet, we’re either cold (winter), hot (summer), or somewhere in between (spring/fall). Today, we mark the beginning of spring with the Vernal Equinox. Equinox being derived from the base word “equi”, indicates that we will have equal amounts of day and night today. And with each day from here until June 21 (the Summer Solstice) the amount of daytime will continue to increase (until we have a little sunlight even up to 9 PM).

Many of the ancient civilizations celebrated the equinox as the coming of good times (warm weather and trees/plants starting to regrow). Quite a few even built structures that formed a perfect alignment with the sun’s path across the sky on this day. Very fascinating stuff!

So as you make your travels today, revel in the knowledge that this day is another milestone in a planetary dance that the Earth has been engaged in for millions of years.

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About Geordi Calrissian

African American? Check. Nerd cred? Check. Star Trek? Check. Star Wars? Check. What else is there?

Posted on March 20, 2009, in astronomy and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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