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The Equinox - Vernal and Autumnal

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. Find out more.

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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.

After the equinox the next important date is the solstice. The 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)

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2017 (GMT)
EquinoxVernalMar 20, 10:28AutumnalSep 22, 20:02SolsticeSummerJun 21, 04:24WinterDec 21, 16:28

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