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Spring Equinox 2016

Today is the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere! At 0430UT (GMT) this morning, 20 March 2016, 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. Lots 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.

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  1. kevan Hubbard
    April 28, 2016 at 21:41

    Well mostly the longer days restrict astronomy but we have the transit of mercury to look forward to on the 9th may.already invested in a solar filter. I also always like to look at Scorpius claws coming up if you stay up late but the sting never rises where I live(Oxford) perhaps somewhere like the lizard or Scilly isles it may rise into English skies?

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