Vernal Equinox 2015: What is Vernal Equinox?

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you should start getting ready because the official start of spring, the Vernal Equinox, will be marked on March 20, 2015, Friday at 6:45 p.m. ET., the sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator. But, what is Vertical Equinox? As TIME wrote last year, it is when “earth’s axis is angled such that the world gets an equal amount of daylight and night,” signaling the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Vernal Equinox 2015. Literally, Equinox means “equal night”, while Vernal denotes “spring”. March 20 or March 21 in some years, is significant for astronomical reasons. The Sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator, and this moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, while for the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox.

Vernal Equinox 2015

Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring will marked on March 20, 2015, Friday at 6:45 p.m. ET.

For thousand of years, people have recognized the vernal equinox. There is no shortage of rituals and traditions surrounding the coming of spring. However, early peoples celebrated for the basic reason that their food supplies would soon be restored. The date is significant in Christianity because Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. It is also probably no coincidence that early Egyptians built the Great Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the vernal equinox.

Most of Europe and parts of northern Africa and Asia will be treated with a partial solar eclipse and the few inhabitants of the Danish Faroe Islands and Norway’s Svalbard archipelago will be lucky enough to witness a total eclipse. The first day of spring also marks the beginning of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. The celebration lasts 13 days and is rooted in the 3,000-year-old tradition of Zorastrianism.

A second equinox occurs each year on Sept. 22 or 23; in 2015, it will be on Sept. 23 at 4:20 A.M. EDT. This date will mark the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the Southern.

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