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Bahá'í Leap Year

The Bahá'í leap year occurs when five extra days are added between the last two months of the calendar. Leap years usually occur every four years. more

Chinese Leap Month

Instead of adding one leap day on February 29 nearly every four years, the Chinese add a leap month every 3 years to keep their calendar in line with the Earth's rotation. more

The Ethiopian Leap Year

A leap year occurs every 4 years in the Ethiopian calendar when one extra day is added at the end of the year. more

When Is Fall Equinox?

The fall (autumnal) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is in September. In the Southern Hemisphere, it's in March. more

December Solstice

The December solstice is also known as the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. more

The Ethiopian Calendar

The Ethiopian calendar is quite similar to the Julian calendar, which was the predecessor to the Gregorian calendar most countries use today. more

June Solstice

The June solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere & the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere. more

March Equinox

The March equinox around March 20-21 is the spring (vernal) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and fall (autumnal) in the south. Night and day are nearly the same length. more

September Equinox

The Sun shines directly at the Equator on the September equinox and the length of day and night is nearly equal, but not quite. more

When Is Spring Equinox?

The Vernal (Spring) Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is in March. In the Southern Hemisphere, it's in September. more

December Solstice Facts

10 things you may not know about the December Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. more

March Equinox Facts

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the day and night are of almost equal duration in most time zones in the world. more

Earth Is Tilted

When an object the size of Mars crashed into the newly formed planet Earth around 4.5 billion years ago, it knocked it over and left it tilted at an angle. more

Equation of Time

Why doesn't the year's earliest sunset occur on the winter solstice, even though it is the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight? more

Equinox: Equal Day & Night?

Equinoxes don't have exactly 12 hours of day and night all over the world, like many believe. Such days do happen, but depend on the latitude of your city. more

Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun, or polar day, means that at least a sliver of the Sun's disk is visible above the horizon 24 hours of the day. more

What Are Polar Nights?

A Polar Night is a night that lasts for at least 24 hours. It's the opposite of Midnight Sun / Polar Day. more

What Causes Seasons?

Seasons change because Earth's rotational axis tilts away or towards the Sun during the course of a year. more

A Year Is Never 365 Days

The definition of a tropical year is the time it takes the Earth to complete a full orbit around the Sun. It is approximately 365.242189 days long. more

Zodiacal lights

Also known as false dawn, zodiacal lights are rare optical phenomena that occur around sunset and sunrise in early spring and late fall. more

November: Beaver Moon

The Full Moon in November is named after beavers. It is also called Frost Moon and Mourning Moon, depending on the winter solstice. more

December: Cold Moon

The December Full Moon is called the Cold Moon, Long Nights Moon, the Moon before Yule, Oak Moon, while a Celtic name was Wolf Moon. more

May: Flower Moon

The Full Moon in May is known as the Flower Moon. Other names include the Corn Planting Moon, and the Milk Moon, while some named it the Hare moon. more

Corn or Harvest Moon

The September Full Moon is usually the Harvest Moon, but this depends on the equinox. It is also called Full Corn Moon or Barley Moon. more

Full Moon Names

Full Moons had given names in many ancient cultures. The Full Moon names we use today often reflect nature like Harvest Moon. more

Harvest Moon in September

Harvest Moon is in September or October, the Full Moon nearest the autumnal (fall) equinox. 2017 Harvest Moon: October 5. Mid-Autumn Festival in China 中秋节; Vietnam Hong Kong and Taiwan. more

Hunter's Moon or Harvest Moon in October

Every third year, October’s Full Moon is the Harvest Moon. It also has several given names: Hunter’s Moon, Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, and sometimes Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon. more

April: Pink Moon

Pink Moon comes from Pink Wild Ground Phlox which bloom in spring. Other names for this Full Moon are Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Hare Moon, Egg Moon, and Paschal Moon. more

February: Snow Moon

The February Full Moon is named after the snow on the ground. Some Native American tribes named this the Hunger Moon, others called it the Storm Moon. more

June: Strawberry Moon

The wild strawberries that start to ripen during early summer gave name to the Full Moon in June. Other names are Rose Moon, Hot Moon, and Mead Moon. more

Sturgeon Moon

The Full Moon in August is named after the lake sturgeon. Other names for this Full Moon include Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Fruit Moon, and Barley Moon. more

January: Wolf Moon

The January Full Moon is named after howling wolves. In some cultures, it was known as Old Moon, Ice Moon, Snow Moon, and the Moon after Yule. more

March: Worm Moon

The Full Moon in March is the Worm Moon. It is also called Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon, and Sap Moon. more

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