No matter how you define it, spring is here
Vernal equinox’s arrival means more light than dark for next six months.
On Monday at 5:38 a.m. the sun will be directly above the equator, marking the vernal equinox – the arrival of spring. It is one of four annual events on the astronomical calendar marking the change of a season.
Spring is finally here — by every way of measuring its arrival.
Monday is the vernal equinox, the starting point of spring, as determined by people who base their seasons on the Earth’s position relative to the sun and stars. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about this rite of spring:
What is the vernal equinox?
At 5:38 a.m. in the Central time zone, the sun is positioned so that it shines directly on the equator, and the northern and southern hemispheres receive exactly the same amount of the sun’s rays. Night and day will be almost equal length. This is an important milestone if you’re into traditional calendars or pagan rituals.
Why is it important?
In many parts of the ancient world, four important dates delineated the seasons: the summer solstice (when spring gives way to summer), the autumnal equinox (when summer gives way to fall), the winter solstice (fall turns to winter) and the vernal equinox (winter to spring).
For two days a year — the equinoxes — the sun is exactly above the equator. And twice a year — the solstices — the sun hits a maximum high or minimum low point in the sky at noon.
These have been important markers on humanity’s journey through time by helping people know such things as when to plant crops or bust out the short