A spot of sunshine on Cape Reed Grasses and Ferns in my Garden, Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa.
Camera : Canon EOS 550D
To Bless this kind Earth…
… spend quality time with her -
come alive in her presence!
I’ve heard it said that today, 20th March, known as the ‘Spring equinox’, is the official day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere – does that mean it’s the official day of Autumn here in South Africa?
An equinox occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth’s equator. The term equinox can also be used in a broader sense, meaning the date when such a passage happens. The name “equinox” is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day have approximately equal length.
At an equinox, the Sun is at one of two opposite points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator (i.e. declination 0) and ecliptic intersect. These points of intersection are called equinoctial points: classically, the vernal point and the autumnal point. By extension, the term equinox may denote an equinoctial point.
An equinox happens each year at two specific moments in time (rather than two whole days), when there is a location (the sub-solar point) on the Earth’s equator, where the centre of the Sun can be observed to be vertically overhead, occurring around March 20 and September 22 each year.
Although the word equinox is often understood to mean “equal [day and] night”, this is not strictly true. For most locations on earth, there are two distinct identifiable days per year when the length of day and night are closest to being equal; those days are referred to as the “equiluxes” to distinguish them from the equinoxes. Equinoxes are points in time, but equiluxes are days. By convention, equiluxes are the days where sunrise and sunset are closest to being exactly 12 hours apart
Info from Wikipedia