Vernal Equinox 2023: Date, Time and Significance – Times of India


The vernal equinox will be observed on Mar 21, 2023, Tuesday. The equinox is also called the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the autumn equinox in the southern hemisphere. As it marks, the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere.
The sunrise on the day of the vernal equinox will be at 06:24 AM while the sunset will take place at 06:33 PM.

Vernal Equinox Day Duration 12 Hours 08 Mins 08 Secs
Vernal Equinox Previous Day Duration 12 Hours 06 Mins 24 Secs
Vernal Equinox Next Day Duration 12 Hours 09 Mins 51 Secs

Equinoxes occur when the Earth’s hemispheres aren’t tilted towards or away from the Sun. As a result, the Sun is located directly above the equator, and both hemispheres receive an almost equal amount of sunlight. After the spring equinox, the northern hemisphere tilts closer to the sun in March tilts closer to the Sun, resulting in more hours of daylight, with earlier sunrises and later sunsets. According to Hindu astrology, Vernal Equinox is known as Vasant Vishuva or Vasant Sampat. When equinox is translated into Latin it roughly means “equal night”. The March equinox brings earlier sunrises, later sunsets, and sprouting plants in the northern hemisphere. Meanwhile, later sunrises, earlier sunsets, chillier winds, and dry and falling leaves are observed in the south of the equator.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is Vernal Equinox?
    It’s a day usually around March 21, when day and night are of generally equal length. Also known as the spring equinox.
  2. Why is it called Vernal Equinox?
    Vernal translates to “new” and “fresh,” and equinox is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night). Therefore, the vernal equinox or March equinox signals the beginning of spring.
  3. What does equinox mean?
    Equinox is one of the two times in the year when the sun is above the imaginary line around the center of the earth (equator) and day and night are of equal length.
  4. When will the spring equinox observed this year?
    The spring equinox will be observed on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 2:54 AM.
  5. What is the spring equinox called in the southern hemisphere?
    The spring equinox is called the autumn equinox in the southern hemisphere as it marks the beginning of the autumn season in the southern hemisphere.

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