Spring Has Sprung
With the weather we’ve had this week, it may be hard to believe that spring is actually here. But it’s true! Tuesday, March 20th, was the day of the spring equinox. This means that both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres experienced an equal amount of daylight. For those that live in the Northern Hemisphere, this day marks the first day of the spring season. For those that live in the Southern Hemisphere, this marks the first day of fall. O’Donnell Law Center has some information regarding the spring equinox.
Equinox means “equal night”. During the equinox, most places on Earth will see an equal day and an equal night. 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. Not every place will see the same amount of daylight. The difference in daylight depends on how the sunlight gets refracted as it enters Earth’s atmosphere at different latitudes. The first day of spring is the only time of year when the sun rises in the east and sets in the west for everyone. Earth’s tilt is also zero on this day.
Why We Have an Equinox
The reason we have the equinox and the change of seasons is because the Earth spins on a tilted axis. The tilt of the axis is why the North Pole is pointed towards the sun for half of the year and then the other half of the year, the South Pole gets more sunlight.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center created the time-lapse below. It shows the seasonal progression on Earth from space.
Spring is a time for new beginnings and a fresh start. We will have longer days and more sunlight so we can be outside and enjoying the things we love.
“The spring wakes us, nurtures us and revitalizes us. How often does your spring come? If you are a prisoner of the calendar, it comes once a year. If you are creating authentic power, it comes frequently, or very frequently”. – Gary Zukav
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