Thanks to technology, we get to take more amazing photos from space. A satellite shot during March equinox shows the perfect balance between night and day. It is one of a kind moment that you get to see once in a lifetime.
A lot of people don’t understand the occurrence of equinox so they don’t have a clue the rare beauty of this rare celestial event.
What Is the Equinox?
If you haven’t heard of the equinox, it is the time of the year when light and darkness are in perfect symmetry in all latitudes. It only happens twice in a year, every March and September.
Equinox is not a common phenomenon because of the way the Earth is tilted. On most occasions, daylight is unevenly distributed worldwide. Depending on your location, you get more sunlight or darkness throughout the day.
What Happens During Equinox?
On these two special events yearly, the North and South Poles are equally aligned creating an illuminated balance of light and darkness. The planet is positioned perpendicular to the sun making it above the equator at noon.
Last March 20, the spring equinox happened at exactly 5:58PM EDT. But the stunning image was taken by the GOES EAST satellite hours before.
The Autumnal equinox will happen on September 23. This time of the year, the sun is perpendicular to the equator facing southwards.
Solstice is another rare event dictated by Earth’s tilt. In this occurrence, the sun is positioned in its farthest possible point in the north or south. It will appear that the Earth has its longest daylight. It also happens twice a year.
The solstices are named summer and winter to represent the seasons when it happens. Celestial mapping identified that the next solstice will occur on the 21st of June. We can watch out for the winter one on December 22, 2019.