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Spring Equinox – Vernal Equinox

The Vernal (Spring) Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is the Autumnal (Fall) Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

Equinox and solstice illustration.

Equinoxes and solstices happen twice a year.

Equinoxes and Solstices are opposite on either side of the equator. (Ill. not to scale)

Not Entirely Equal Day & Night

On the equinoxes the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal – but not quite.

The March equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north and vice versa in September.

When is the Equinox in my City?

Vernal Equinox – Northern Hemisphere

(USA, Central America, Canada, Europe, Asia, northern Africa)

March Equinox in Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA was on
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 5:58 pm EDT (Change city)

March Equinox in Universal Coordinated Time was on
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 21:58 UTC

Vernal Equinox – Southern Hemisphere

(Australia, New Zealand, South America, southern Africa)

First Day of Spring?

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Vernal (Spring) Equinox marks the first day of astronomical spring. There's also another, more common definition of when the seasons start, namely meteorological definitions, which are based on average temperatures rather that astronomical events.

Topics: Astronomy, Seasons, March, September, Sun, Equinox

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Vernal & Autumnal Equinox

  1. Vernal (Spring) Equinox
  2. Autumnal (Fall) Equinox
  3. March Equinox
  4. 10 Facts: March Equinox
  5. March Equinox Celebrations
  6. September Equinox
  7. 10 Facts: September Equinox
  8. September Equinox Celebrations
  9. Nearly Equal Night & Day

Equinox & Solstice Worldwide

The Science of Seasons

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  2. Earth's Axis Is Tilted
  3. Meteorological vs. Astronomical Seasons
  4. What Is a Solar Analemma?

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