The First Day of Spring is Early This Year

Due to Leap Year, the First Day of Spring will be on March 19 at 11:06 pm EDT a day or two earlier than normal. This date and time is the astronomical beginning of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. This event occurs when the Sun crosses the celestial equator going south to north. On this day in March, the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere receive roughly equal amounts of sunlight. It is from this point many places will continue to see an increase in more daylight than darkness in each 24-hour day.

Fun Fact: This is one of two times each year that the Sun rises due east and sets due west for everyone on Earth. While the Sun passes overhead, the tilt of the Earth is zero relative to the Sun, which means that the Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun.

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