The Equinox - Vernal and Autumnal
2018 dates and times in the Northern and Southern hemispheres
View the Equinox on the 'Sun Time' digital timepiece
The equinox and solstice dates below are for the Northern Hemisphere, in the Southern Hemisphere the dates are reversed (Winter Solstice on 21 June, Summer Solstice on 21 December)
Do you want to know precisely where we are in the current solar cycle? Our mobile-ready, digital timepiece shows the correlation between astrology and the equinox. Click on the image below.
Early people saw that the sun’s path changes but it seems to return to its starting point every 365 days. This long cycle became the solar year.
Sky watchers observed that the sun’s path crossed the equinox twice in each cycle. At the times when the sun rose and set on the Equator there was equal day and night for the whole planet (equinox).These days of equinox became fixing points for the earliest calendar makers.
The next important date after the equinox is the solstice.