This year, spring starts on March 20, 2012, at 1:14 A.M. (EST) in the Northern Hemisphere. In Latin equinox means “equal night.” This refers to the fact that we have an almost even 12 hours of day and night during the Equinox.
This year the 20th falls on a Tuesday, take advantage of the extra light and take a walk in a park after work, or play outside with the kids, if you have them. The Earth’s axis won’t point toward or away from the sun on this day, which is why we get the nearly equal day and night.
In the southern hemisphere, they will be celebrating their autumnal equinox while we welcome in springs warmer weather and outdoor activities. This day also heralds the coming of spring holidays such as Passover and Easter.
The Equinox can also be a good time to figure out just where due east and west are. When the sun sets on the day of the equinox keep an eye on the horizon and note any landmarks there, this is due west. If you turn 180 degrees from this spot, that will be due east.
After the sunset, why not stick around and enjoy the crisp spring air, and do some stargazing with your loved ones?
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