Today is the spring equinox, aka the vernal equinox. It is the first official day of spring and it begins when the sun crosses directly over the earth’s equator. For 2017, the spring equinox occurs at 6:29 a.m. EDT in the northern hemisphere.
However, today is only the first day of the astronomical spring. The meteorological spring started on March 1. According to the Metro, “Meteorological seasons are based on the annual temperature cycle. As the meteorological calendar is split into four seasons of roughly the same length, it’s widely accepted that March 1 is the first day of spring.”
Contrary to popular belief, there’s nothing “magical” about this day. A common old wives’ tale is that you can balance an egg or a broom on its end during the spring equinox.
Here’s a video of an egg being balanced during a non-astrological event day:
Besides the four major astrological events, there’s also something called an “equilux,” which means “equal light” in Latin. The spring equilux occurs about four days before the spring equinox, which means it occurred on March 17. According to the Pine River Observatory, an equilux is “the day that has equal hours and minutes of sun above and below the horizon.”
March 20, 2017, is the first day of spring, aka the vernal equinox. Is it true you can balance an egg or a broom on its end during the spring equinox?
Happy first day of spring 2017! Also known as the spring equinox or vernal equinox, today the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly the same.
Happy first day of spring! It may not feel like it because of the snow, but March 20, 2017, is the spring equinox, aka the vernal equinox… which means warmer weather!
It’s the first day of spring! This time is viewed as a time of personal renewal. As the weather grows warmer, people everywhere feel a “rebirth” of spirit.
Read more about the first day of Spring in Spanish at AhoraMismo.com:
En 2017, el equinoccio de primavera ocurrirá a las 6:28 de la mañana del lunes 20 de marzo en el…