Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Google welcomes spring and fall with dual Doodles for the equinox

Sandra Phillips | 02 September, 2019, 02:23

Also, besides the Spring setting in today, there is another thing very interesting about Spring Equinox: On this day, there is nearly 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness because the sun is passing directly over the equator. For the winter solstice, Earth is tilted away from the sun, which results in less hours of daylight and therefore, cooler weather. This is the moment in the Northern Hemisphere when the sun crosses the equator, with days and nights equal in hours. According to National Weather Service.com, the first day of spring equinox (March 20) is referred to as Vernal Equinox. During the equinox, the sun's rays are focused over the equator.

The word "equinox" traces its roots to the Latin word "aequinoctium", derived from "aequus" - meaning "equal", and and the word "nox" from genitive root "noctis" - meaning "night".

The seasons change on Earth today, and Google is getting into the equinox spirit with a pair of doodles to celebrate the yearly milestone. This equinox extends to USA, Central America, Canada, Europe, Asia and northern Africa.

It may only be March, but already this year we've had two supermoons to behold.

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This is the third and last supermoon that will occur in 2019, following those on January 21 and February 19. Extending the logic, the northern and the southern hemispheres would be equally illuminated.

This March Supermoon will be the last for 2019.

March's full moon is also named the "worm" moon since the ground is transitioning from frozen to thawed. Supermoons make the moon appear a little brighter and closer than normal.

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