What is the meaning of the equinox?

Answer The earth revolves around the sun, but from the earth it looks as though the sun travels across the heavens. Early astronomers noted that the sun's position at different times of the year affects t... Read More »

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In what constellation is the vernal equinox?

The vernal equinox occurs every year around March 20. During the vernal equinox, the sun is up for exactly 12 hours, down for exactly 12 hours, and is exactly above the equator at noon. The constel... Read More »

What is the date of the vernal equinox?

Because the northern and southern hemispheres have seasonal differences, they also have different vernal (spring) and autumnal (fall) equinoxes. On March 20 or 21 each year, the northern hemisphere... Read More »

What is the earliest date of the vernal equinox?

According to the figures printed in Jean Meeus' Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon, and Planets, the earliest recorded vernal equinox occurred at 3:03 p.m. Universal Time (formerly Greenwich Mean... Read More »

What Happens During an Autumnal Equinox?

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumnal Equinox occurs in late September, generally the 22 or 23, and marks the beginning of the season of autumn, or fall. In the Southern Hemisphere, this date ma... Read More »