First Day of Spring, Vernal Equinox: Balancing Eggs on End

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March 20th is the first day of spring, or often dubbed as “vernal equinox”.  “Vernal” and “equinox” are Latin terms meaning “spring” and “equal night” respectively.

The idea is that on the first day of spring there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, but it rarely works out that way. There is always a time each spring, and again each fall, when the hours of light and darkness are equal, but it usually occurs before the vernal equinox and after the autumnal equinox.

“Vernal Equinox” Balancing Eggs on End

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There are persistent myths that at the vernal equinox, and only at the vernal equinox, can you stand a raw egg on its end. There is an equally persistent rebuttal that says it’s not possible at any time to balance a raw egg on its end. Neither assertion is true. With a little patience (or sometimes a lot), you can balance a raw egg on its end at any time of year. The first day of spring has nothing to do with it.

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