POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 8:04am
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — Spring begins today. Here are 14 facts of the Spring Equinox 2014:
- The equinox begins at 11:57 a.m. (Central).
- It begins at the same time everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere.
- At the same time, the Fall equinox begins in the Southern Hemisphere.
- The equinox is measured by the moment the sun crosses the equator.
- It happens on March 19, 20 or 21 every year, depending on where you are located in the world.
- "Equinox" is derived from Latin meaning of "equal night".
- Times of sunset and sunrise vary depending on your location (longitude and latitude), so the dates when day and night are of exactly equal length differ from place to place.
- In Baton Rouge, our equal day and night occurred on March 15-16, 2014. On March 15, sunrise occurred at 7:14 a.m. and sunset at 7:13 p.m. On March 16, sunrise occurred at 7:13 a.m. and sunset at 7:14 p.m.
- The Spring Equinox is also referred to as the Vernal Equinox, March Equinox, Northward Equinox, Vernal Point, or First Point of Ares.
- Common myths arise every year during each equinox: "A raw egg or broom can be stood on end at the equinox." In truth, this can be done any day of the year.
- Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Mayan, Chinese and other cultures were aware of the equinox--though they used different calendars.
- Many think of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth during the spring season.
- This year, the last full day of Spring is June 20, 2014. The Summer Solstice begins on June 21, 2014 at 5:51 a.m. (Central).
- Next year's Spring Equinox will begin on March 20, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. (Central).
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