On the evening of March 20th, the Spring Equinox has come to earth. Now the term and concept of spring equinox might seem foreign to many kids (and probably many adults) but here are five basic facts about the Spring Equinox, what it is and why it is to share with the family.
The equinox happens twice a year and occurs when the Earth’s axis is centered with the Sun, the sun being on the same plane as the Earth’s equator.
The meaning of the word Equinox is from the Latin words for equal and night, since night and day have about the same length.But the day is actually a bit longer.
The Spring equinox is also called the “vernal equinox” with vernal coming from the Latin word meaning spring.
According to the rules of the calendar, the first day of spring almost always occurs on March 20th or 21st.
This year the Spring Equinox started at 7:21pm Easter Time on Sunday March 20th, 2011.