This year’s Vernal Equinox occurred on Thursday, March 19 amid beautiful evening and morning skies. The sun, as it appears to move along the Ecliptic, crossed the Celestial Equator at 11:49 PM EDT on the 19th. Of note, this will be the earliest spring in over 100 years. According to the Farmers Almanac
For much of the last century, the spring equinox has occurred on March 20 or 21. This year, however, the equinox happens on the 19th in all U.S. time zones, making it the earliest spring we’ll have seen in our lives (so far). The last time spring arrived this early was in 1896—a whopping 124 years ago!
On this date, as it is on every Vernal Equinox, there are 12 equal hours of daylight and darkness with the sun, apparently moving along the Ecliptic towards its highest point above the Southern Horizon in the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice.
On the occasion of this year’s Vernal Equinox, the evening sky and the early dawn sky following provide stunning vistas, worthy of a poem
Imagination is more important than knowledge
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