World Garden Commons Welcomes the Vernal Equinox

World Garden Commons Welcomes the Vernal Equinox

March 20, 2017 Ecology Education 0
The World Garden Commons welcomes the vernal equinox

The World Garden Commons welcomes the vernal equinox

Today is the vernal equinox, the beginning of Spring, the season for renewal. Astronomically speaking, the equinox happens at the same time worldwide 10:29 UTC (or 4:29 CST) even if we don’t share a time-zone.  The world over, days and nights are nearly equal length, although not exactly.

Right here at the World Garden Commons, dawn broke at 5:44 AM, the sun rose at 7:27 AM and the sun will set at 7:40 PM making our vernal day 12 hours 13 minutes long.

During the equinoxes, the line on the earth which separates night and day, is vertical and connects the north and south poles. During our summer months, the dark line tilts past the north pole shedding more daylight and providing us warmer temperatures.  This line is called earth’s terminator. Read more about it.

Spring means planning for summer activities, the completion of winter construction and the start of new projects. It means new garden planning for Growing Together community garden, and new season of research.

Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices from Space:
Credit: NASA, Meteosat, Robert Simmon

 

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