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Spring Equinox 2012

Today is the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere! At 0514UT (GMT) this morning, 20 March 2012, the Earth’s axis of rotation went momentarily side-on to the Sun. For the past six months the Earth’s northern hemisphere has be angled away from the Sun, and now we’re angled towards it. Lot’s more info about equinoxes and equiluxes in a previous post.

As most people take delight in the lengthening daylight hours spare a thought for the amateur astronomers who, in a few weeks time, will be packing away their scopes for the summer, eagerly waiting for the darkening nights later in the year.

  1. March 21, 2012 at 04:27

    Ah but you’ll be missing out on all the splendours of Scorpius and Sagittarius… what about the Double Double and the Ring Nebula? Albireo? The Hercules Cluster… the Dumbbell Nebula… the Coathanger…

    …you get the point :) Clear skies!

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