Vernal Equinox

Happy first day of Spring! Or Autumn. Depends on what hemisphere you live in!

Here's some interesting information about today from weather.com

Monday is a special time in astronomy. This is when the sun's direct rays are crossing over the Earth's equator from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere. During the equinox, nearly equal amounts of daylight and darkness are experienced throughout the world. 

Okay, that's great but what does it mean? It means that the vernal equinox is here, and astronomically speaking, spring has officially begun. 

Twice a year, around March 20 or 21 and September 22 or 23, the sun's most direct rays shine on the equator. These two days are known as the vernal (spring) equinox and the autumnal (fall) equinox, respectively.

This year, the vernal equinox takes place on Monday, March 20 at 6:28 a.m. EDT. At this time, the sun is crossing over from the southern hemisphere into the northern hemisphere. During this process, the sun is shining directly over the earth's equator, bathing the earth's northern and southern hemispheres in nearly an equal amount of sunlight.

I have to admit that I didn't know all the science behind the equinox, but I always have looked forward to these dates as the beginnings of my two favorite seasons. Fall is tops in my book. Spring is a close second.

As with all holidays and special events, there are prompts inspired by this date that are great for memory keeping activities such as scrapbooking and journaling.

  • Is it Spring where you are right now? What is the weather like on this date? Does it feel like Winter still, or is it warm and sunny? Are there any flowers in bloom? Take a picture outdoors today and write about the conditions and temperature.

 

  • Take a screenshot of a weather app on your phone or computer to document what the Vernal Equinox looks like in your area. If you have family members or friends in other areas, it would be fun to take screenshots of their weather and compare them side by side to your own.

 

  • What do you like most about Spring? What does the first day of Spring mean to you? Do you do anything special to mark the change of season? If you are in the southern hemisphere just apply these same prompts to the first day of Autumn.

 

  • Do you subscribe to the idea of “Spring Cleaning?” If so, describe what tasks are a part of your annual routine. Take pictures of your house as you clean and use them in a “Home Sweet Home” layout or album.

 

  • Spring is the time for animal babies so do some research about the nearest zoo or farm and find out when you can visit to see the new arrivals. Mark it on your calendar and plan to bring a camera and notebook to record what you see.

Hope you all have a wonderful day no matter what hemisphere you live in!