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Monday, March 19, 2018
Tomorrow is the first day of spring. The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. The term vernal is Latin for "spring" and equinox means "equal night."
Spring almost always arrives on March 20 or 21, but sometimes on the 19th. The reason the equinoxes and solstices don't always come on the same day is that Earth doesn't circle the sun in exactly 365 days.
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Today's Random Fact:
The fall and spring equinoxes are the only two times during the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west.
On the first day of spring, a person at the North Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, beginning six months of uninterrupted daylight. A person at the South Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, signaling the start of six months of darkness.
The myth that it is possible to balance an egg on its end on the spring equinox is just that: a myth. Trying to balance an oval-shaped object on its end is no easier on the spring equinox than on any other day.
Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.