Monday, March 20, 2017

Seeker/DNews on Spring for the Vernal Equinox


Happy arrival of astronomical Spring!  USA informs its readers of the exact time of the Vernal Equinox in First day of spring officially arrives early Monday.
It's the day warm weather fans have been waiting months for: Monday is the first day of spring!

Spring officially arrives at 6:28 a.m. EDT (3:28 a.m. PDT) Monday, when the sun will be directly over the equator, marking the spring (aka vernal) equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere. For the folks down under in the Southern Hemisphere, it will be the first day of autumn.
To celebrate, I'm sharing three videos from DNews, which now calls itself Seeker, about Spring in general and the Vernal Equinox in particular, beginning with What Is Spring?

It's the first day of spring, which means longer days, warmer weather, and the advent of flowers blooming. In this DNews video, Trace has the lowdown on what signals the changing of the seasons, plus the nifty way flowers know this intuitively!
That video was from 2013.  Follow over the jump for two more, one each from 2014 and 2015.*

The 2014 contribution from Seeker/DNews was Does Spring Fever Really Exist?

Spring is right around the corner, and many of us are feeling a little bit feverish and jumpy. Is spring fever actually a thing? Cristen Conger from Stuff Mom Never Told You is here to answer this question for you.
The subject matter of 5 Mysterious Ways The Earth Is Slowly Changing circles back to the first video by discussing the changing timing of the Vernal Equinox and the length of Spring, among other phenomena.

Did you know that each year, spring gets shorter? How else is the world changing?
Once again, Happy Spring!

This concludes the sixth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.  Stay tuned for Nowruz (Persian New Year) and the blog's sixth birthday.

*There are at least two other videos from DNews/Seeker on the topic of Spring, but I'm saving them for next year.  As I last wrote on St. Patrick's Day, "I'm an environmentalist.  I not only recycle, I conserve my resources."

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