Vernal Equinox – Spring

Translated literally, equinox means “equal night.” Because the Sun is positioned above the equator, day and night are about equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes.  There are two equinoxes, Vernal marking the beginning of spring and Autumnal for the beginning of autumn.

At precisely 1:14 A.M. EDT (05:14 Universal Time) today, March 20th, the Sun crossed directly over the Earth’s equator.  This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.  For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox.