Showing posts with label Spring. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spring. Show all posts

Apr 11, 2014

Seven Spring Facts

The vernal (spring) equinox (‘equal night’) is the day when the center of the Sun is visible for exactly 12 hours. That is not the same as the ‘equilux’ (equal light) when there are 12 hours of daylight from the Sun’s first appearance and its going down. Australia and other parts of the Southern Hemisphere begin the first day of autumn at the same time and there is a movement to call this event the March Equinox or Northward Equinox to avoid a North Hemisphere bias.

Astronomically, spring officially begins on the spring equinox.

The spring and autumn equinoxes are the only days when the Sun rises directly due east and sets due west in the northern hemisphere.

The reason there is more daylight during the spring is the earth’s axis tilts toward the sun at this time of year.

We have used the word ‘spring’ for the season since the 16th century. Before that spring was used for centuries to apply to the source of a river and the spring season was known as Lent or Lenten.

The Slatina spring in Slovenia is alleged to have been discovered by the mythological winged horse Pegasus.


The earliest known use of the term ‘spring-cleaning’ was in 1857

Mar 19, 2010

Spring 2010

Spring officially begins March 21. Whoopie!

Spring is here,
The grass is ris.
I wonder where the birdies is?
They say the birds is on the wing,
But that's absurd.
I thought the wings was on the bird.