Today is the first day of Spring which officially begins with the Vernal Equinox. Why is it called an equinox? The word comes from the Latin aequus, meaning “equal” and nox, meaning “night.” (Vernal, by the way, means fresh or new like the spring.)
On this day Earth’s two hemispheres receive the Sun’s rays about equally and the Sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator, which means the amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other. After the vernal equinox, the nights will get shorter and the days longer until the Summer solstice in June. Sounds good to us!
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