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Mountain Skies: Vernal Equinox Occurs Wednesday Evening


March 18, 2019

The Sun

The first day of spring is marked by the vernal or spring equinox, the moment in time when the sun, in its apparent path around the sky, crosses the celestial equator on its way north for the spring and summer. This year the equinox occurs at 5:58 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, March 20.

The Planets

As expected, Mercury has once again disappeared from viewing by even the most dedicated observer. It passed by the sun in inferior conjunction last Thursday (Eastern Daylight Time). The passing of this elusive planet by the sun generally can’t be observed in the glare of the sun. However, so...

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