The beginning of spring is not September 21st of this year, as is commonly believed. The vernal equinox occurs early in the morning on the 23rd.
There are only a few days left to say goodbye to winter and welcome spring.
Astrophotographer Arturo Gómez told BioBioChile that it is the very beginning of spring. At 3:50 a.m. on Saturday, September 23rd, the so-called “Vernal Equinox” will occur.
“At dawn, an astronomical phenomenon called the vernal equinox occurs, marking the beginning of the spring season in all countries south of the terrestrial equator,” he said.
Gomez agreed, saying this usually happens on September 22nd or 23rd. “As my parents and grandparents taught me, the 21st is a no-no.” he expressed.
The reason is – experts have shown – “Earth’s orbit is elliptical, that is, egg-shaped (elongated), so in this part of its orbit around the sun the Earth moves a little slower…It is an ellipse Because it’s not a shape” circle. “
Characteristics of the vernal equinox
Gomez cited several characteristics of this change of season.
– The sun moves from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere.
– The sun crosses the celestial equator from north to south.
– The two hemispheres of the earth, the northern and southern hemispheres, are equally illuminated by the sun.
– Days with sunlight and nights with darkness are exactly the same.
– From this day on, the days of sunlight become longer and the nights become shorter. This change of light and darkness continues until his December summer solstice, when summer arrives.
– On this day, countries located in the Northern Hemisphere (United States and Europe) begin their fall season.
– On this day, the spring equinox, many ancestral festivals are held around the world (Chile, Peru, Mexico), but the most profitable and most visited are those held by the megaliths of Stonehenge. It is a festival in England where you can see the spectacle from dawn. With dancing and singing among the stone pillars at the exit of the sun.
Arturo also said that “our national holidays are not in spring, as is often believed, but in winter.”