Equinox is a time period when the north and south pole of the earth recieves the equal amount of sunlight. Because these days equator of the Earth passes through the center of the sun. Equinox appears two times in a year, arounf Mar 21 & Sept 23, sometimes these dates varies due to leap year and some other factors. At this time center of the sun is directly above the equator.

It is derived from a latin word aequinoctium, ['aequus' means 'equal' and 'nox' means 'genitive noctis (night)']. During equinox daytime & nighttime are of almost equal time all over the planer. But not in reality, because of the angular size of the sun.

Equinox In 2020

Equinox: March 20, 2020 (3:50) | Solstice: June 20, 2020 (21:44)
Equinox: September 22, 2020 (13:31) | Solstice: December 21, 2020 (10:02)

Moment When Sun Crosses the Equator

March equinox is the time when sun crosses the Earth's Equator from south to north. March occurs approximately March 19, 20, 21 every year. Dates varies sometimes due to Leap year and some other factors.

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In Northern hemisphere March equinox is known as spring equinox (vernal), it is denotion of starting of spring. In Southern hemisphere March equinox is known autumnal equinox (fall), it is denotion of the starting of autumn.

Why It Is Known Equinox?

On these days all over the world day and night are approximately of same length(12 hrs). The it is known as equinox in latin it means equal night. But in reality it doesn't have exactly 12 hrs daylight.

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What Happens on the Equinox?

During equinox the axis of the earth is tilted about an angle of 23.4° to the ecliptic plane(Imaginary plane made by earth's path around sun). On the next day either Southern or Northern Hemisphere tilts little toward sun. Some cultures celebrate spring festivals like Easter & Passover during March Equinox.

Equinox

5 Facts About the March Equinox

On March 20, 2020, the day and night will be approximately of equal length in most of the time zones in the world. Here i'm sharing 5 facts about the March Equinox that you should know.
1. When Equinox Occurs
1st equinox(March equinox) occurs every year around Mar 20. 2nd equinox(September equinox) occurs every year around Sept 22.
2. Equal Day and Night.
On Earth everybody experiences a equal length of day & night (12 hrs). Equinox derived from a latin word aequus(equal) and nox(night).
3. Beginning of Spring
Astronomers & scientists use the March equinox as the beginning of spring, which finishes on the June solstice.
4. Celebration during March Equinox
Some cultures celebrate spring festivals like Easter & Passover during March Equinox.
5. Names Of Equinox
In Northern hemisphere March equinox is known as spring equinox (vernal), it is denotion of starting of spring. In Southern hemisphere March equinox is known autumnal equinox (fall), it is denotion of the starting of autumn.


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Article Updated On Mar 23, 2020. 

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