The depictions presented below can be used for both the northern and the southern hemispheres. The observer is understood to be sitting near the tree on the island depicted in the middle of the ocean; the green arrows give cardinal directions. Twilight still lasts about one hour. Twilight lasts for more than four hours. The March equinox occurs about when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator northward. In the Northern Hemisphere, the term vernal point is used for the time of this occurrence and for the precise direction in space where the Sun exists at that time.
This point is the origin of some celestial coordinate systems , which are usually rooted to an astronomical epoch since it gradually varies precesses over time:. Strictly speaking, at the equinox, the Sun's ecliptic longitude is zero. Its latitude will not be exactly zero, since Earth is not exactly in the plane of the ecliptic. Its declination will not be exactly zero either. The mean ecliptic is defined by the barycenter of Earth and the Moon combined, so the Earth wanders slightly above and below the ecliptic due to the orbital tilt of the Moon.
Because of the precession of the Earth's axis , the position of the vernal point on the celestial sphere changes over time, and the equatorial and the ecliptic coordinate systems change accordingly. Thus when specifying celestial coordinates for an object, one has to specify at what time the vernal point and the celestial equator are taken. That reference time is called the equinox of date. The upper culmination of the vernal point is considered the start of the sidereal day for the observer. The hour angle of the vernal point is, by definition, the observer's sidereal time. The equinoxes are sometimes regarded as the start of spring and autumn.
A number of traditional harvest festivals are celebrated on the date of the equinoxes. One effect of equinoctial periods is the temporary disruption of communications satellites. For all geostationary satellites, there are a few days around the equinox when the Sun goes directly behind the satellite relative to Earth i.
The Sun's immense power and broad radiation spectrum overload the Earth station's reception circuits with noise and, depending on antenna size and other factors, temporarily disrupt or degrade the circuit. The duration of those effects varies but can range from a few minutes to an hour. For a given frequency band, a larger antenna has a narrower beam-width and hence experiences shorter duration "Sun outage" windows.
Satellites in geostationary orbit also experience difficulties maintaining power during the equinox, due to the fact that they now have to travel through Earth's shadow and rely only on battery power. Usually, a satellite will travel either above or below the Earth's shadow due to its shifted axis throughout the year; during the equinox, since geostationary satellites are situated above the equator, they will be put into the shadow of the Earth for the longest period of time all year. Equinoxes occur on any planet with a tilted rotational axis.
Daily panchang Wednesday, 08th of January, Tithi, Nakshatra, muhurat etc on 08/01/ Astrology. Annual astro summary of astrological events in the Year - Seek and meet people born on the same date as you. Begining date of Sun-Zodiac Signs in the year , Chart. Jan 20, , (Summer Solstice). (chart) .. Moon. Aquarius. 26°28'. Aqu. Mercury. Scorpio. 8°16'. Sco. Venus. Scorpio.
A dramatic example is Saturn, where the equinox places its ring system edge-on facing the Sun. As a result, they are visible only as a thin line when seen from Earth. When seen from above — a view seen during an equinox for the first time from the Cassini space probe in — they receive very little sunshine , indeed more planetshine than light from the Sun.
Saturn's most recent equinox was on 11 August , and its next will take place on 6 May Mars's most recent equinox was on 23 March northern spring , and the next will be on 8 April northern autumn. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Astronomical event where the Sun is directly above the Earth's equator.
The tone lightens during August, when Venus moves into your social zone. A lot of this year is about knowing how and when to let go of control. Once sociable Venus moves into your career zone in April, you will be well placed to make an excellent impression at job interviews or with promotion opportunities — things will start to look up quickly at this point. With Mercury retrograde in your philosophy zone in July, be prepared to take practical steps to back up your inner convictions. If you were born on the 20th of January, your sun might be at the very end of Capricorn or at the cusp of Aquarius.
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Retrieved 18 September Retrieved 21 December Astronomical Information Center. United States Naval Observatory. Archived from the original on 25 May Retrieved 9 July On the day of an equinox, the geometric center of the Sun's disk crosses the equator, and this point is above the horizon for 12 hours everywhere on the Earth.
However, the Sun is not simply a geometric point. Sunrise is defined as the instant when the leading edge of the Sun's disk becomes visible on the horizon, whereas sunset is the instant when the trailing edge of the disk disappears below the horizon. These are the moments of first and last direct sunlight. At these times the center of the disk is below the horizon. Furthermore, atmospheric refraction causes the Sun's disk to appear higher in the sky than it would if the Earth had no atmosphere. Thus, in the morning the upper edge of the disk is visible for several minutes before the geometric edge of the disk reaches the horizon.
Similarly, in the evening the upper edge of the disk disappears several minutes after the geometric disk has passed below the horizon. The times of sunrise and sunset in almanacs are calculated for the normal atmospheric refraction of 34 minutes of arc and a semidiameter of 16 minutes of arc for the disk. In Urban, S. Explanatory supplement to the astronomical almanac 3rd ed.
Astronomical Almanac Time and Date. Retrieved 22 May Goddess Alive! Llewellyn Worldwide. Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students. Grewal; Lawrence R. Weill; Angus P. Andrews Paradise Cay Publications. Allied Publishers. Marion Street Press. Oxford University Press. This is a configuration of initially subtle yet secondarily flowing social activity.
This strange moment is happening where Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune are all in their own signs for the first time in 12, 30, and years. Studying your astrological sign can give you quite a lot of insight into your personality.
You won't believe what the science of Numerology can reveal about you as well! That's right, the numerology of your birth date , regardless of what month you were born, can reveal surprising information about your personality. What's more, they are all at 18 degrees of their respective signs, locked into rare aspects with each other: Saturn sextile Neptune, Jupiter square Neptune, and Jupiter semisextile Saturn.
These are the building blocks of generational characteristics, planets of long-term Saturn expansion Jupiter and spiritual vision Neptune , and the very day of the Solstice, the Moon is also at 18 degrees Aquarius, making a web of the final four signs hosting planets at 18 degrees each precisely. The Solstice is interpreted sort of like an eclipse but in more of a "fateful sign" type of way, rather than a literal crystallization of energy that lasts months. One might consider the celestial landscape of the Solstice's exact peak a snapshot of what is to come in the next 6 months like a sign.
Your sign is being greatly affected by the most positive, expansive, and euphoric aspects of the energy in the air, with Jupiter in Sagittarius stuck in trine to Aries. You're bound to receive this well, in a much less tumultuous flavor than what you've experienced in the last 7 years or so when Uranus square Pluto was occurring in your sign. You're currently entering a 7 year period of time in which you feel inspired to leave your shell, electrified and energized to do all kinds of things you wouldn't necessarily even conceive of normally: Uranus in Taurus.
The way this is being emphasized during this Solstice, it has to do with the heart and empathy, because of the extended biquintile pentagram aspect being made between Uranus and the North Node in Cancer. This is your year, more so than many people, and the solstice very specifically emphasizes it. Venus is the planet of social activity, and Gemini is the main social sign although it's not the sign of Venus. This Solstice occurs perfectly at Venus' strongest point in the entire zodiac, the point it is very closest to the belt of all planets, its heliocentric North Node in the center of Gemini.
Social activity should be a huge theme for you.
This year is all about you, in the collective subconscious direction everyone feels magnetized toward, governed by the annual eclipses. Right now, the entire world is being pushed toward an understanding of your ideals of morality, love for animals and nature, the inherent goodness you represent. It's being emphasized with fire and willpower specifically during this solstice, with Mercury conjunct Mars in Cancer, lit up by the positivity of that golden quintile aspect to Jupiter in Sagittarius.
Your sign is about as fortunate as Aries this year, well positioned to feel the sunny rays of Jupiter in Sagittarius like a fire sign. The entire configuration in the sky between the outer planets at 18 degrees of each sign, it's all hitting your chart in a flavorful way. A hardened and yet energized sense of ambition, from the depths of introspection and thought, could be arising at this time. It's likely you've been in your own shell, doing some thinking and pondering, actually in a more lighthearted and loopy way than you're used to, due to Jupiter square Neptune in the sky with Jupiter square your sign.
The gentle, soothing and harmonious nature of you should be well received by everyone at this time. People might actually stop to realize they are trying to crush a beautiful flower when they shut you down. Due to the position of Venus opposition Jupiter in the warm, social signs in positive aspect to Libra, it's likely you're going to feel socially respected and considered, much more than usual. A sense of mental sharpness and fire could be the main thing you're experiencing during this time, with Mercury conjunct Mars in Cancer in a positive trine to Scorpio.
Depending on where your Sun is, Neptune trine your Sun is occurring during some time between and , a once in a lifetime surge of watery contentedness and hazy, flowing imagination to your core sense of identity. All kinds of empathy and emotion could suddenly arise in you due to the eclipses in Cancer in positive aspect to Scorpio, conjunct Saturn and Pluto, Scorpio's planet. You're of course considered the luckiest sign, and the luckiest planet is in your sign this year.
Jupiter's presence in Sagittarius makes you the most well equipped to deal with anything right now. However, you could gravitate toward excess during this time.