Added on: 20th Mar 2014
IN 2014, SPRING BEGINS WITH THE VERNAL EQUINOX ON
MARCH 20 AT 12:57 P.M. EDT. HERE’S MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
THE EQUINOX, SIGNS OF SPRING, AND STUNNING SPRING PHOTOS!
THE VERNAL EQUINOX
Ah, spring! This season brings increasing daylight,
warming temperatures, and the rebirth of flora and fauna.
The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning
“equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere
and the Sun rises and sets due east and west.
At the equinoxes, the tilt of Earth relative to the Sun is zero,
which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun.
(However, the tilt of Earth relative to its plane of orbit, called the ecliptic plane,
is always about 23.5 degrees.)