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  Vernal equinox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Chinese culture the vernal equinox marks the middle of spring.
ThePersian (Iranian) festival of Norouz is celebrated on the vernal equinox, as are the Bahá'í Naw-Rúz (which marks the beginning a new year in the Bahá'í calendar).
A common old wives' tale regarding the vernal equinox is that this is the one day of the year that eggs can be balanced on their end.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Vernal_equinox   (482 words)

 Spring Equinox celebrations of Christianity, Judaism, Neopaganism, etc
Under the new system, 1582-MAR-21 CE became the date of the vernal equinox, the year 1582 was shortened by ten days, and future centennial years (1600, 1700...2000) were not considered leap years unless they were divisible by 400.
On the spring equinox, she mated with the solar god and conceived a child that would be born 9 months later on DEC-21: Yule, the winter solstice.
Their rituals at the Spring Equinox are related primarily to the fertility of the crops and to the balance of the day and night times.
www.religioustolerance.org /spring_equinox.htm   (3227 words)

 Vernal Equinox - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema
In astronomy, the vernal equinox (spring equinox, March equinox, or northward equinox) is the equinox at the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere: the moment when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading northward.
There are two conventions for dealing with this: either the name of the equinox can be changed to the autumnal equinox, or (apparently more commonly) the name is unchanged and it is accepted that it is out of sync with the season.
The Iranian festival of Norouz is celebrated on the vernal equinox, as is the Neopagan Sabbat of Ostara (or Eostar).
www.egnu.org /thelema/index.php/Spring_Equinox   (630 words)

 Astrology Vernal Equinox - © Dr Shepherd Simpson
There are several definitions of the vernal equinox, depending on whether it is being thought of as an event in time, with respect to the length of the daytime, an event in time, with respect to the Sun and the Celestial Sphere or an event in space, with respect to Sun and the stars.
Vernal Equinox Point: This stellar position is called the Vernal Equinox Point, the Fiduciary Point [fiduciary means founded on trust], or the First Point in Aries.
However, the connection between vernal equinox point and Aries is no longer correct because the vernal equinox point has moved.
www.geocities.com /astrologystations/springequinox.htm   (1250 words)

 Vernal (Spring) Equinox
This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.
For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox.
Translated literally, equinox means "equal night." Because the sun is positioned above the equator, day and night are about equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes.
www.infoplease.com /spot/riteofspring1.html   (417 words)

The vernal equinox, is also known as "the first point of Aries," is the point at which the sun appears to cross the celestial equator from south to north.
The Vernal Equinox used to be considered the beginning of the Pagan New Year.
Each Spring Equinox, at the time of the ancient agricultural festival of sowing, sunlight was allowed to enter the length of an open passage from the doorway of the temple over the high altar and into the Holy of Holies.
www.gurdjieffdominican.com /equinox_spring.htm   (574 words)

 The Vernal Equinox
This is also why the Vernal Equinox, fixed at March 25 in ancient times, was also known as Lady Day honoring the date of the virgin goddesses’ divine conception (virgin meaning "unmarried," not chaste as it is commonly used now).
The Vernal Equinox theme of death and rebirth was portrayed in the drama of a sacrificial offering to the gods to atone for misdeeds over the past year and to seek blessings for the coming year.
After these sun gods were crucified at the Vernal Equinox, and while their bodies were entombed for a period of three days, the lunar goddesses would descend into the underworld.
www.indigosun.com /April03/vernal_equinox.htm   (1723 words)

 Vernal Equinox
The Vernal Equinox is a point lying in the constellation Pisces known as the First Point of Aries.
Equinoxes occur because the Earth's axis of rotation isn't aligned with the plane of its orbit around the Sun: it tilts over by about 23½°.
The equinoxes are the points where the direction of poles are at a right angle to the Sun.
www.palmbeachastro.org /calendar/vernalequinox.htm   (442 words)

 The Vernal Equinox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Vernal Equinox was also chosen to serve as the Greenwich of the sky.
The problem was, that for ecclesiastical purposes the Vernal Equinox was stated to always occur on March 21st.
Yes, the Vernal Equinox will again be seen on March 21st for us, but we will have to wait until 2103, the third year after the omitted intercalary day (the term for February 29th) of the year 2100.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/bmoler/vernaleq.htm   (713 words)

 The Equinox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Sun in the sky during the Spring and Fall Equinox in the Northern hemisphere.
On the Spring Equinox the Sun rises exactly in the east travels through the sky for 12 hours and sets exactly in the west.
On the Equinox this is the motion of the Sun through the sky for everyone on earth.
solar.physics.montana.edu /YPOP/Classroom/Lessons/Sundials/equinox.html   (150 words)

 equinox. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
On the date of either equinox, night and day are of equal length (12 hr each) in all parts of the world; the word equinox is often used to refer to either of these dates.
The equinoxes are not fixed points on the celestial sphere but move westward along the ecliptic, passing through all the constellations of the zodiac in 26,000 years.
The vernal equinox is a reference point in the equatorial coordinate system.
www.bartleby.com /65/eq/equinox.html   (228 words)

 Vernal Equinox History & Cartoon Fun by Brownielocks.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
At this precise moment (known as the equinox) exactly 1/2 of the earth is illuminated by the sun's rays and 1/2 of the earth is in darkness.
However, because The Procession of the Equinoxes, a phenomenon which refers to the cyclical wobbling in the earth's axis of rotation, the vernal equinox has shifted westward over the centuries.
The people of Bali celebrate the vernal equinox and their New Year by driving (according to their beliefs) devils out of their villages by elaborate offerings of food, drink and money, and then observing a day of stillness, known as Nyepi.
www.brownielocks.com /vernalequinox.html   (771 words)

 New Science: A Change of Season (9/20/01)
It is the first day of autumn north of the equator, and the first day of spring in the southern half of the world.
Spring equinox: the beginning of spring, often called the vernal equinox.
Vernal means "of spring." It occurs on March 20th or 21st.
liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov /News/2001/News-AutumnalEquinox.asp   (787 words)

 The vernal equinox: fact and fiction: UMNnews: U of M.
Equinox translates to "equal night." Twice a year the sun shines directly on the equator, providing equal amounts of light and darkness all over the earth.
The vernal, or spring, equinox usually occurs on March 20 or 21, and the autumnal equinox takes place on September 22 or 23.
"One rather curious misconception surrounding the vernal equinox is that it is sometimes claimed that on this [day] it is possible to stand a raw egg on its end," says a BBC story.
www1.umn.edu /umnnews/Feature_Stories/The_vernal_equinox_fact_and_fiction.html   (718 words)

Around March 20-21 every year, we experience something called the vernal equinox — “spring’s equal night.” Night feels equal to day at this time of year because we are halfway between the longest night, which occurs at the winter solstice, and the longest day, which occurs at the summer solstice.
On the equinox, the center of the sun is above the horizon for 12 hours everywhere on Earth.
At the moment of the vernal equinox, the Earth is at a place in its orbit where it tilts neither toward nor away from the sun.
www.naturalistsalmanac.com /0320vernal.html   (400 words)

 FAQ-Equinoxes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Day and night are not exactly of equal length at the time of the March and September equinoxes.
On the day of an equinox, the geometric center of the Sun's disk crosses the equator, and this point is above the horizon for 12 hours everywhere on the Earth.
On the dates of the equinoxes, the day is about 7 minutes longer than the night at latitudes up to about 25 degrees, increasing to 10 minutes or more at latitude 50 degrees.
aa.usno.navy.mil /faq/docs/equinoxes.html   (432 words)

 BBC - Wiltshire Weather - The Vernal Equinox, spring has sprung.
The significance of the Vernal Equinox is that it is the point at which the sun crosses the celestial equator.
The occurrence of the Vernal Equinox and its counterpoint the Spring Equinox (which occurs around March 21st) is a consequence of the Earth’s movement around the sun.
The Vernal Equinox sees the sun crossing the celestial equator, bringing daylight to the North Pole and six months of darkness to the South Pole.
www.bbc.co.uk /wiltshire/weather/spring.shtml   (427 words)

 Sunset at the South Pole   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Equinoxes occur when the subsolar point crosses the equator, once in March (the Vernal Equinox) and again in September (the Autumnal Equinox).
In the table the equinoxes and solstices are named after the corresponding season in the northern hemisphere.
When the Vernal Equinox takes place on March 20, Earth will join Venus and Jupiter as the only planets in the solar system where it is now northern Spring.
spacescience.com /headlines/y2000/ast19mar_1.html   (2082 words)

 The Vernal Equinox
The Latin word equinox means "equal night" because on this day, and again on September 23 when the sun goes back across the equator, days and nights are the same length.
At different times during the year, the increase or decrease at the two ends of the day are not equal, partly because the earth's path around the sun is not quite circular, and partly because the earth spins on an axis which is tilted at an angle of 23-1/2 degrees.
Some of them at about the time of the vernal equinox are as follows: Red-winged flbirds, bronzed grackles, killdeers, meadow larks and flocks of robins have been back for two weeks or more.
www.newton.dep.anl.gov /natbltn/500-599/nb559.htm   (638 words)

 THE VERNAL EQUINOX   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Spring or Vernal Equinox is a celebration of the rebirth of nature and brings with it the symbols of birth/rebirth.
According to folklore, the vernal equinox is the one time of the year that eggs can be stood on end.
The vernal equinox has long been a significant event in the lives of agricultural peoples as it symbolizes nature's regeneration, fertility, growth and bounty.
www.serve.com /shea/germusa/vernal.htm   (254 words)

 On Spring Equinox, Day and Night Equal in Name Only   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In the Northern Hemisphere spring officially begins on this Saturday, the vernal equinox, at 1:49 a.m.
The day of light and dark equality always happens before the spring and after the fall equinoxes, according Geoff Chester, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. "Exactly when it happens depends on where you are located on the surface of the Earth," he said.
The equinox, however, is when the center of the sun crosses the Equator.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2004/03/0318_040318_equinox.html   (652 words)

 Spring Equinox - Crystalinks
In the northern hemisphere, before the vernal equinox, the sun rises and sets more and more to the south, and afterwards, it rises and sets more and more to the north.
Also, Vernal Equinox Day is an official national holiday in Japan, and is spent visiting family graves, and holding family reunions.
The equinoxes are also the only days of the year when a person standing on the Equator will see the sun passing directly overhead.
www.crystalinks.com /spring.html   (1519 words)

 Autumnal Equinox
At the autumnal equinox (Sept. 22, 2006, 11:03
On the date of either equinox, the sun is above the equator and night and day are of equal length (12 hours each); the word equinox is often used to refer to either of these dates.
The equinoxes are not fixed points on the celestial sphere but move westward along the ecliptic, passing through all the constellations of the zodiacin 26,000 years.
www.factmonster.com /spot/equinox1.html   (247 words)

 vernal equinox on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Logic Factory Announces the Release Date for The Tone Rebellion; Highly Anticipated follow-up to the CODIE Award-winning strategy game, Ascendancy to be released on 1997 Vernal Equinox.
Vernal Equinox; Hope springs eternal as Chevy breathes new life into Tracker with a Vue-based replacement.(Brief Article)
Tonight's equinox makes it official: shed winter blues and ring in spring.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/X/X-vernaleq.asp   (200 words)

 Ostara: Lady Day, the Vernal Equinox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
We think that the customs surrounding the celebration of the spring equinox were imported from Mediterranean lands, although there can be no doubt that the first inhabitants of the British Isles observed it, as evidence from megalithic sites shows.
Therefore, conception is naturally delayed for six weeks or so and, despite earlier matings with the God, She does not conceive until (surprise!) the Vernal Equinox.
Her chief symbols were the bunny (both for fertility and because her worshipers saw a hare in the full moon) and the egg (symbolic of the cosmic egg of creation), images which Christians have been hard pressed to explain.
www.akashanpathways.com /ostara_lady_day_vernal_equinox.htm   (1522 words)

 vernal equinox Comparison Table   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Either of the two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator; also the time at which the Sun passes through either of these intersection points; i.e., when the apparent longitude (see apparent place; celestial longitude) of the Sun is 0° or 180°.
The point of intersection between the ecliptic and the celestial equator, where the Sun crosses from south to north.
By definition, the vernal equinox is at α = 0°, δ = 0°.
www.site.uottawa.ca:4321 /astronomy/vernalequinox_table.html   (141 words)

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