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Spring has begun!

March 20, 2019 08:23 PM

As of 5:58 p.m. on Wednesday March 20, spring has officially started in the northern hemisphere!

You might be curious as to why it officially starts at such a random time. It actually has more to do with astronomy and less to do with meteorology.

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It's because, at that time, the sun rays will be directly overhead of the equator. Everywhere else on earth, there is an equal angle of sunlight for northern and southern latitudes as well.

In fact, equinox which takes place at 5:58 p.m. is Latin for equal.

Every person on earth will be receiving nearly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness as well.

Coincidentally, there is also a full moon Wednesday night, a super moon at that. Full moons only take place on the equinox three times a century with the last one being in March of 1981.  

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Robert Speta

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