Facts of the Spring Equinox 2014

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 2:00pm

Spring begins today.

Here are some facts of the Spring Equinox 2014:

  1. The equinox begins at 11:57 a.m. (Central).
     
  2. It begins at the same time everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere.
     
  3. At the same time, the Fall equinox begins in the Southern Hemisphere.
     
  4. The equinox is measured by the moment the sun crosses the equator.
     
  5. It happens on March 19, 20 or 21 every year, depending on where you are located in the world.
     
  6. "Equinox" is derived from Latin meaning of "equal night".
     
  7. Times of sunset and sunrise vary depending on your location (longitude and latitude), so the dates when day and night are of exactly equal length differ from place to place.
     
  8. The Spring Equinox is also referred to as the Vernal Equinox, March Equinox, Northward Equinox, Vernal Point, or First Point of Ares.
     
  9. Common myths arise every year during each equinox: "A raw egg or broom can be stood on end at the equinox." In truth, this can be done any day of the year.
     
  10. Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Mayan, Chinese and other cultures were aware of the equinox--though they used different calendars.
     
  11. Many think of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth during the spring season.
     
  12. This year, the last full day of Spring is June 20, 2014. The Summer Solstice begins on June 21, 2014 at 5:51 a.m. (Central).
     
  13. Next year's Spring Equinox will begin on March 20, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. (Central).
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