It finally has arrived!! The first day of Spring in 2019. Spring is the season where the trees start to re-bloom, flowers start to grow and bloom, the temperatures start to get warmer, and many wildlife animals give birth. But, how is the first day of Spring determined?
The first day of spring falls either on March 19th, 20th or 21st of each year which is known as the spring equinox, also called the March or vernal equinox. This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Spring has been celebrated throughout history as a time of spiritual rebirth following the "dying of the year" in winter.
The sun crosses the celestial equator from the south to north. There are only two times a year that the sun will only rise due east and set due west for everyone on Earth at the equinoxes. The Northern Hemisphere tilts toward the Sun which is why we get longer, sunnier days.
Here are some interesting facts regarding the first day of Spring.
1. As stated, the March equinox is the vernal (spring) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere; however, it is the autumnal (fall) equinox in the Southern.
2. Astronomers and scientists use the March equinox as the start of spring. However, for meteorologists spring in the Northern Hemisphere actually begins three weeks before the March equinox, March 1st.
3. The equinox occurs at a specific moment in time. That time is when the Sun crosses the celestial equator which gives an imaginary line in the sky above the Earth's Equator from south to north. The Earth's axis is neither tilted away or towards the Sun, but perpendicular to the Sun's rays.
4. There are two reasons why most places on the Earth get to see more daylight than night time on the equinoxes. How the sunrise and sunset is defined and the atmospheric refraction of sunlight.
5. Twice a year, most places on Earth has almost an equal day and night. The days depend on the location's latitude and can be a few days before or after the equinoxes.
6. Most cultures around the world hold feasts to celebrate festivals to mark the March Equinox.
7. In spring, the sense of smell can be more acute due to usually more moisture in the air.
8. A Chinese tradition was that you can stand raw eggs on end on the first day of spring. It derives that due to the sun's equidistant position between the Earth's poles at the time of the equinox a special gravitational force apply.
Spring is the time of year where everything comes back to life after a dark cold winter. Elite Wildlife Removal's technicians are trained to control and remove any nuisance wildlife animal that comes along with it. Give us a call at 804-867-7184 and we will be more than happy to work with you.