June 2, 2020

Astro-Event: Ushering in Spring 2012.

The Double Shadow transit at 3UT on March 23rd.

(Graphic created by Author in Starry Night).

Residents of the northern hemisphere take heart; the spring or Vernal Equinox occurs this week on March 20th. This is the moment that the Sun crosses the celestial equator as seen from our Earthly vantage point and begins its march north into positive declinations. The exact moment occurs at 05:14UT/01:14 EDT early Tuesday morning, the earliest its occurred since 1896 and the earliest until 2016 when it slides back another 44 minutes. [Read more...]