Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Equal Day, Equal Night

Today is the Vernal Equinox, one of two dates on the calendar when the night and day have approximately equal length. 


Typically falling on March 20th and September 22nd, the equinox actually refers to the specific point in time during the day when the center of the sun can be seen vertically overhead.  

In contrast, equiluxes are the days when sunrise and sunset are precisely twelve hours apart. This day is usually close to the date of the equinox, but varies according to latitude.

Religions, all over the world, celebrate events centered around the equinox.  It heralds the end of winter and the birth of spring. 

This would also be the day of the year when an old wives' tale gets tested.  

Have you ever tried to stand up an egg on this day?  


35 comments:

  1. I don't eat eggs so will leave that one for someone else to try! Lovely posts and great colours for this happy day.


    Chrissy from Manchester: a photo a day at Mancunian Wave

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  2. no I haven't, but only way to the fridge now!

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  3. The equilox. That's a new one for me..

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  4. I've never heard that about the equal day night OR the egg!

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  5. I haven't tried it. How do you do it? Big end or little?

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  6. I won't be able to stand up an egg any day of the year, but today it's my mothers's birthday!

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  7. I forgot all about the egg thing...I'm going to try it right now! xo

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  8. Never tried that with an egg. I love spring. It's such an amazing season to see everything budding and greening up.

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  9. Oh! I never knew this!!
    Very nice read this, and the pics are so beautiful as always.
    Wish you have a lovely week ahead Michelle:)

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  10. nope, can't say that i have. lovely shots of spring!

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  11. I'm headed in right now to grab an egg...

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  12. more daylight from here on out! Although I love winter and fall...I do love the daylight into the evenings as spring and summer are here!

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  13. These are beautiful! I love the texture work on this series and the Spirng equinox. Truth be told I look forward to all the seasons and how the light affects them. Never heard of the egg thing before, curious though off to google it. Have a great day!

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  14. Boy, you sure started something.. I can see broken eggs all over the world.. :-) Are those trees in bloom near you? Our apple trees are not in bloom yet.. we also have a few pear trees. We're having a spate of cold rainy days.. ugh. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. Today I saw a butterfly flying across the melting snow and I felt that spring was here.

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  16. Wonderful pictures indeed ! no, as I don't eat eggs. Please have you all a good Wednesday.

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  17. I have never tried to stand an egg up! Happy Spring to you and thanks for the interesting information!

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  18. Informative post today, Michelle. Your inner teacher is coming out. I heard that egg thing years ago but never tried it. Doesn't it have to be a fresh egg, not one that has been in your frig for weeks?

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  19. P.S., as I have said before, you still have an amazingly good playlist. I think I like every song I have ever heard on this blog.

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  20. Hello Michelle,Happy Spring,love the pictures once again,beautiful,Have not tried to stand on a egg. Blessings,Francine.

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  21. Beautiful shot and I love the new banner. I never knew about the egg tale.

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  22. I like those picture. It brings peace for me.

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  23. I really did not know about Equinox until today ...

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  24. I always forget about that... is it too late now? :)

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  25. We used to do this as kids and when I remember, we do it now. The kids are always amazed and have fun trying.

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  26. Nice spring header. Great views of your KY spring -- barbara

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  27. I love (and NEED) the additional light! LOVE IT! I had a little lesson in this post. Thanks!

    And, no I have never tried to stand up an egg!

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  28. oh that top photo is the bomb! interesting post...i actually learned something!

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  29. I have always wanted to try that with an egg...but by the time I think about it...the days over!! Beautiful pictures!!

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  30. I love every pics you took!
    I has its own story.

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  31. A very essence-of-Spring post. I've never heard of the egg thing here in Scotland!

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  32. I had forgotten about that...will have to try the egg in September...

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  33. Really like that first shot with the rolling hills and green grass. I've never heard of that old wives' tale. Have you tried it?

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  34. I have always wondered if that was a myth but I've never remembered to try at the right time! It's getting cool over here.

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