Hello! I’m Karl Hricko for United Astronomy Clubs of NJ, bringing you the March Astronomy Update for the WNTI listening area.
Did you ever try to balance a raw egg on its pointed end? If you tried this feat, you probably were unsuccessful. There’s a belief that the balancing of a raw egg can only be done either on the first day of the spring or autumn equinoxes. The word equinox literally means “equal night”, or equal daylight and night hours. Direct rays from the Sun strike our equator on these days. So the spring and autumn equinoxes are looked upon as days of perfect balance, having special mystical qualities. Of course, this is not true.
We will have the first day of spring, or the vernal equinox, at 12:57 p.m. on the 20th of this month. In many cultures, this was the first day of the year. Celebrations were held to note the renewal and rebirth of life.
This spring season, we’ll have a beautiful display of planets among the stars. Looking high in the night sky towards the south, Jupiter is seen in Gemini. Just before sunrise, Mars in Virgo and Saturn in Libra are visible in the south-southwest. At his same time, Venus is glowing in Capricorn toward the east-southeast. Toward the lower left of Venus is Mercury – very low in the sky and hard to spot. So In this month of the vernal equinox, celebrate new beginnings and balance your life, while you enjoy the motion of the planets among the stars.
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