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Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of equinox
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Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of equinox

The vernal equinox (or spring equinox) marks the beginning of astronomical spring. It occurs around 20 March in the Northern Hemisphere, and around 23 September in the Southern Hemisphere. In Chinese culture the vernal equinox marks the middle of spring. At the same moment that the vernal equinox occurs in one hemisphere, it is the time of the autumnal equinox in the other hemisphere. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1560x1024, 392 KB) Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of equinox (vernal and autumnal). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1560x1024, 392 KB) Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of equinox (vernal and autumnal). ... Earth is the third planet in the solar system. ... The Sun is the spectral type G2V yellow star at the center of Earths solar system. ... Spring is one of the four seasons of temperate zones. ... March 20 is the 79th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (80th in Leap years). ... Insert non-formatted text here The Northern Hemisphere is the half of a planets surface (or celestial sphere) that is north of the equator (the word hemisphere literally means half ball). On the Earth, the Northern Hemisphere contains most of the land and population. ... September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). ... Southern Hemisphere The Southern Hemisphere is the half of a planets surface (or celestial sphere) that is south of the equator (the word hemisphere literally means half ball). On Earth it contains four continents (part of Africa, Oceania, most of South America, and Antarctica) and four oceans (South Atlantic... The Great Wall of China, stretching over 6700 km, was first erected in the 3rd century B.C. to protect the north from nomadic invaders and has been rebuilt several times since. ... An equinox in astronomy is the moment when the Sun passes over the equator. ... Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of equinox The autumnal equinox (or fall equinox) occurs during the month of September in the Northern Hemisphere, and during March in the Southern Hemisphere. ...

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Astronomy

The celestial equator and the ecliptic are two great circles. As such, they intersect at two points, the equinoxes. When the Sun, which moves along the ecliptic, occupies the point that crosses the equator while heading north, it is the time of the vernal equinox. Due to the precession of the equinoxes, the point of intersection moves completely around the sky in a 25,800-year cycle. This century it is in the southwest portion of Pisces moving slowly toward Aquarius. Image File history File links Celestial_Equator. ... Image File history File links Celestial_Equator. ... The celestial equator is a great circle on the imaginary celestial sphere, which could be constructed by inflating the Earths equator until it intersects with said sphere. ... The plane of the ecliptic is well seen in this picture from the 1994 lunar prospecting Clementine spacecraft. ... For the Brisbane bus routes known collectively as the Great Circle Line (598 & 599), see the following list of Brisbane Transport routes A great circle on a sphere A great circle is a circle on the surface of a sphere that has the same diameter as the sphere, dividing the... An equinox in astronomy is the moment when the Sun passes over the equator. ... Precession refers to a change in the direction of the axis of a rotating object. ... Pisces (Latin for fish (plural), symbol , Unicode ♓) is a zodiac constellation which lies between Aquarius to the west and Aries to the east. ... Aquarius (Latin for the Water-bearer or Cup-bearer, symbol , Unicode ♒) is the eleventh sign of the zodiac, situated between Capricornus and Pisces. ...


Solar term

UTC Date and Time of Solstice and Equinox
year Equinox
Mar
Solstice
June
Equinox
Sept
Solstice
Dec
day time day time day time day time
2002 20 19:16 21 13:24 23 04:55 22 01:14
2003 21 01:00 21 19:10 23 10:47 22 07:04
2004 20 06:49 21 00:57 22 16:30 21 12:42
2005 20 12:33 21 06:46 22 22:23 21 18:35
2006 20 18:26 21 12:26 23 04:03 22 00:22
2007 21 00:07 21 18:06 23 09:51 22 06:08
2008 20 05:48 20 23:59 22 15:44 21 12:04
2009 20 11:44 21 05:45 22 21:18 21 17:47
2010 20 17:32 21 11:28 23 03:09 21 23:38
2011 20 23:21 21 17:16 23 09:04 22 05:30
2012 20 05:14 20 23:09 22 14:49 21 11:11
2013 20 11:02 21 05:04 22 20:44 21 17:11
2014 20 16:57 21 10:51 23 02:29 21 23:03

In east Asian lunisolar calendars, Chunfen (Traditional Chinese: 春分; Simplified Chinese: 春分; pinyin: chūn fēn; Japanese: 春分; Korean: 춘분) is a solar term or period of time when the Sun lies between the celestial longitudes of 0° and 15°. It sometimes refers in particular to the day when Sun is exactly at a celestial longitude of 0°. It usually begins around March 20 and ends around April 5. UTC also stands for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Coordinated Universal Time or UTC, also sometimes referred to as Zulu time, the basis for civil time, differs by an integral number of seconds from atomic time and a fractional number of seconds from UT1. ... A lunisolar calendar is a calendar whose date indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year. ... Traditional Chinese characters are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... Simplified Chinese characters (Simplified Chinese: 简体字; Traditional Chinese: 簡體字; pinyin: jiǎntǐzì; also called 简化字/簡化字, jiǎnhuàzì) are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... Hanyu Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: 汉语拼音; Traditional Chinese: 漢語拼音; Hanyu Pinyin: , lit. ... A Solar term is one of 24 days in the traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars that match a particular astronomical events or signify some natural phenomenon. ... Right ascension (RA; symbol α: Greek letter alpha; celestial longitude) is the astronomical term for one of the two coordinates of a point on the celestial sphere when using the equatorial coordinate system. ... March 20 is the 79th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (80th in Leap years). ... April 5 is the 95th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (96th in leap years). ...


Holidays

The Persian (Iranian) festival of Norouz is celebrated on the vernal equinox. According to the ancient Persian mythology Jamshid, the mythological king of Persia, ascended to the throne on this day and each year this is comemorated with festivities for two weeks. These festivities recall the myth of creation and the ancient cosmology of Iranian and Persian people. The Persians are an Iranian people who speak the Persian language and share a common culture and history. ... Norouz is celebration of the coming of Spring and the Iranian new year Norouz (Persian: ‎ , also spelled Noe-Rooz, Norouz, Nawroz, Norooz, Noruz, Novruz, Noh Ruz, Nauroz, Nav-roze, Navroz, Naw-Rúz, Nevruz or Nowrouz) is the traditional new year holiday in Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Zanzibar...


The vernal equinox is the most significant day in the pagan calender, and kemetic pagans spend the day praying to the goddess of cats, Bast.


The Wiccan Sabbat of Ostara (or Eostar). This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In the Wiccan form of neopaganism, a Sabbat is one of the eight major seasonal festivals which make up the Wheel of the Year. ... This article is about the solar holiday. ...


In Japan, Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日 Shunbun no Hi) is an official national holiday, and is spent visiting family graves and holding family reunions.


Easter is celebrated on the Sunday after the first ecclesiastical full moon day on or after the ecclesiastical vernal equinox day 21 March (see computus). This article is about the Christian festival. ... The Galileo spacecraft took this composite image on 7 December 1992 on its way to explore the Jupiter system in 1995-97. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... Computus (Latin for computation) is the calculation of the date of Easter in the Christian calendar. ...


Earth Day was initially celebrated on the vernal equinox, 21 March 1970. It is currently celebrated in America on 22 April. Earth Day is a name used by two different observances held annually in the (northern) spring, both intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earths environment. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... April 22 is the 112th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (113th in leap years). ...


Tamil and Bengali New Years are celebrated after the sidereal vernal equinox (14 April). The former is celebrated in the South-Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and the later in Bangladesh and the East-Indian state of West Bengal. The Tamil people are an ethnic group from South Asia with a recorded history going back more than two millennia. ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (105th in leap years). ... Tamil Nadu (தமிழ் நாடு, Land of the Tamils) is a state at the southern tip of India. ... West Bengal (পশ্চিম বঙ্গ, Poshchim Bôngo) is a state in the eastern region of India. ...


In many Arab countries, Mother's Day is celebrated on the vernal equinox. The Arabs (Arabic: عرب ) are a large and heterogeneous ethnic group found throughout the Middle East and North Africa. ... Originally conceived by Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War as a day honoring (in her opinion) the inherent pacifism of mothers, Mothers Day now simply celebrates motherhood and thanking mothers. ...


Egg-balancing myth

A common old wives' tale regarding the vernal equinox is that this is the one day of the year that eggs can be balanced on their end. Although this myth is untrue (eggs can be balanced on any date with enough patience) and unsound (would it be different in both hemispheres? Why only the instant of vernal equinox? Why not autumnal equinox?) it is often perpetuated in the news. Also, the current Guinness World Record for egg balancing wasn't done on the vernal equinox. For a fuller treatment of the issue, see: An old wives tale is a wisdom much like an urban legend, supposedly passed down by old wives to a younger generation. ... The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ...

This myth was also featured on The West Wing in the episode titled Evidence of Things not Seen (s4e20). The title page of snopes. ... The West Wing is a popular and widely acclaimed American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin, which is produced and currently co-written by John Wells, Sorkin having left the show at the end of its fourth season. ...


See also

The First Point of Aries, also called the vernal equinox point, is one of the two points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic. ... An equinox in astronomy is the moment when the Sun passes over the equator. ... The March equinox is the equinox which occurs in the month of March. ... The September equinox is the equinox which occurs in the month of September. ... Diagram of the Earths seasons Solstice is an astronomical term regarding the position of the Sun in relation to the earths equator. ... Illumination of Earth by the sun on the northern hemisphere summer solstice The summer solstice is an astronomical term regarding the position of the sun in relation to the celestial equator. ... Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of the northern hemisphere winter solstice Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of the southern hemisphere winter solstice In astronomy, the winter solstice is the moment when the earth is at a point in its orbit where one hemisphere is...

References

    External links

    • Groundhog Day and the Spring Equinox. Landscaping. About.com.
    • The Vernal Equinox. Equinox and Solstice.com.
    • Earth's Seasons—Equinoxes, Solstices, Perihelion, and Aphelion—1992–2020
    Preceded by:
    Jingzhe (驚蟄)
    Solar term (節氣) Succeeded by:
    Qingming (清明)

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    Vernal equinox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (482 words)
    In Chinese culture the vernal equinox marks the middle of spring.
    ThePersian (Iranian) festival of Norouz is celebrated on the vernal equinox, as are the Bahá'í Naw-Rúz (which marks the beginning a new year in the Bahá'í calendar).
    A common old wives' tale regarding the vernal equinox is that this is the one day of the year that eggs can be balanced on their end.
    Spring Equinox celebrations of Christianity, Judaism, Neopaganism, etc (3227 words)
    Under the new system, 1582-MAR-21 CE became the date of the vernal equinox, the year 1582 was shortened by ten days, and future centennial years (1600, 1700...2000) were not considered leap years unless they were divisible by 400.
    On the spring equinox, she mated with the solar god and conceived a child that would be born 9 months later on DEC-21: Yule, the winter solstice.
    Their rituals at the Spring Equinox are related primarily to the fertility of the crops and to the balance of the day and night times.
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