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Here’s what you need to know about the spring equinox 2017

It’s time to say “goodbye” to wintry winds and “hello” to warm weather, because the spring equinox is on its way.

It officially begins on Monday, March 20 at 6:29 a.m. (ET). But if you are scratching your head about what it actually is, here are a couple of facts:

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What does the term mean?

Equinox is a Latin term that means “equal night.” It happens when the sun shines directly on the Earth’s equator, providing equal amounts of day and night time to both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.  

How does it affect us?

Aside from the warmer weather and the budding flowers, the Northern hemisphere experiences later sunsets, while the opposite occurs for the Southern hemisphere.

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From March 20 onward, the days will get longer until the summer solstice in June.

How often does it occur?

It happens twice year - once in March and again in September.

Does it have any other names?

It’s also referred to as the vernal or March equinox. 

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