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Pablo Tucker
September 2, 2019

It's the Vernal Equinox on Wednesday (9.58pm, March 20th 2019).

The last Supermoon of the year, also known as Super worm moon appeared in the skies on March 20, 2019.

Also, besides the Spring setting in today, there is another thing very interesting about Spring Equinox: On this day, there is nearly 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness because the sun is passing directly over the equator.

There are of course two equinoxes each year, the autumn equinox falling in September as the sun heads south again. The Northern Hemisphere's autumnal equinox - which will take place six months later, on September 23 - heralds the coming of spring south of the equator.

After today, the Northern Hemisphere will tilt towards the sun, giving us longer, sunnier and - thankfully - warmer days. The word equinox comes from the Latin word equinoxium, which means "equality between day and night".

It is, of course, the planet's equinox (not to be confused with the solstice, which couldn't be more different). The longest day of the year with 15 hours and 11 minutes of daylight.

Another reason why the equinoxes don't bring equal amounts of day and night time is due to the refraction of light. Its actually an 8-minute difference. Impacts? During the equinox period, all the hemispheres of the earth have equal illumination from the sun. This underpins the constant call for people to wear light clothing. It says that the sun gets aligned directly behind satellites in geostationary orbit along the Equator. All responses will be confidential.

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