vernal equinox

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(astronomy) the equinoctial point that lies in the constellation of Pisces

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The vernal equinox is also significant in Christianity because Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the equinox.
"If I'm lucky, it will be finished by March 22, the vernal equinox,'' he said.
The variation trend of tracking error for different orientation deviation (5[degrees] and 10[degrees]) at vernal equinox, summer solstice, autumnal equinox, and winter solstice is shown in Figure 6.
This is the first full moon on or after March 21 - the ecclesiastic vernal equinox.
But the actual moment that the new year begins corresponds to the mathematical instant of the vernal equinox.
Spring: It's officially sprung, at least it will have by Wednesday, the vernal equinox Overworked celebrities: Both Justin Bieber and Kelly Osbourne have collapsed in recent weeks.
The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were organised in her honour on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal's high reproduction rate.
It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed.
During the March equinox (also known as vernal equinox in reference to spring) and the September equinox (autumnal equinox) the length of nigh and day become equal.
In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible crescent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring).
It marks the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere (autumnal equinox) and spring in the Southern Hemisphere (vernal equinox).
It takes place one week after the vernal equinox, when night and day are the same duration in both hemispheres, which ensures that it will be night-time for all people, wherever they are at 8.30pm.
The symbolic effort will be observed by more than 1,000 cities and close to a billion people this year.AaThis year's Earth Hour on March 27Aa takes place one week after the vernal equinox - when night and day are the same duration in both hemispheres - which ensures that it will be nighttime for all people, wherever they are at 20:30 hours in the evening.AaBaiguera said that during Earth Hour the hotel's lobbies and outlets, such as Certo and the ICON Bar & Lounge will use minimal lighting.
A friend explained: "Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox (March )."
This festival was held around the Vernal Equinox around Asia Minor and eventually in Rome itself from the Ides of March, (which run 15th-18th).