Beauty is a form of genius – is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon. -Oscar Wilde

Yesterday was the spring equinox for the Northern Hemisphere, and my city was lucky enough to have a glorious day, clear skies, warm weather, and I spent most of the day outside. I had the type of day that Dan Tyminski pines for in this song, Some Early Morning.

But yesterday — the equinox — was special for another reason that you don’t often hear about. You see, the Earth rotates on its axis, tilted at a fairly severe 23.5 degrees.

During the months April through August, the northern hemisphere gets long days and lots of sunlight, while the South Pole gets nothing but freezing darkness. On the other hand, from October through February, the southern hemisphere gets the long days, while the North Pole never sees the Sun.

But our equinoxes — and we only get two per year — are very, very special. The Sun illuminates all parts of the Earth equally on these days.

These are the only days of the year where everywhere on Earth has a chance at Sunlight. Moreover, on the equinoxes, everybody gets twelve hours of Sun (well, they would if the skies were clear) and twelve hours of night. Everyone. North Pole, South Pole, Equator, and everywhere in between. Starting today and all the days after for the next six months, someone at the South Pole will never see the Sun. Just like for the prior six months, Santa Claus (and everyone else at the North Pole) never saw the Sun.

The spring equinox was not only our switch, it was one of two days a year where everyone got the same amount of daylight. That’s even where the word equinox comes from: equi = equal + nox = night. So I hope you enjoyed it, and to those of you in the northern hemisphere with me, we’ve got six months where things should only get better!

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    March 21, 2010

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    Just listened to the 365 Days of Astronomy for the 20th going over the same deal.

  2. #2 Lotharloo
    March 21, 2010

    And yesterday was also our new year because of the exact same reason!

  3. #3 Julian Smith
    March 21, 2010

    Surely you mean 3 months where things should only get better? After the summer solstice the days get shorter and that, to me, is definitely things getting worse. It’s after the winter solstice that things get better for 6 months.

  4. #4 Alistair Wall
    March 21, 2010

    The poles get 24 hours with the sun on the horizon.

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  6. #6 Benjamin Bratt
    April 30, 2010

    This means at certain times of the year, the Northern Hemisphere is more directly facing the Sun, while 6 months later when the Earth is on the other side of the Sun, the Southern Hemisphere is more directly facing the Sun.
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    I love science. So many young people don’t even know what an Equinox is. Thanks for the post.

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  42. #42 dan
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    the picture is wrong. the axis of the earth is not perpendicular to the suns rays contact.

  43. #43 Wow
    May 19, 2013

    It is if it’s one of the two equinoxes, dan.