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Cleverest Vanity Plate Ever — & It Is A ‘New Hampshire’ Plate.

by Anura Guruge


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It was on a SUV parked at our beach this morning.

I had to take a double take. I first thought it said ‘Venal’ & thought that that was quite ‘ballsy’. Then, I got it right.

WOW. Was I impressed. In ‘New Hampshire’? I am sure that a majority of folks in New Hampshire have NO IDEA what the word means. Many may even claim that they have never heard it (which, however, is unlikely to be true).

WAIT FOR IT.

It was on a white, U.S. GMC mid-size SUV.

Image from GMC Website.

Yes, it was INDEED an ‘Equinox‘.

Get it: Vernal Equinox, i.e., Spring (March) Equinox, ‘vernal‘ the Latin for ‘Spring related‘.

How clever. I was so impressed. I have NOT seen that plate before, BUT the Equinox was on our beach. I had a dog with me & it was past 10am. So, I didn’t dare venture to the beach. Dogs are not allowed after 10am (I think (or maybe it is even earlier)). It could have been somebody visiting a neighbor. I would LOVE to meet the owner. I think it is a Mum. There were only two vehicles parked & I could hear lots of kids on the beach.

My hat off to whoever came up with this. Bravo. Thank YOU. Made my day.


Here is the supreme IRONY. In September 2020, in EXACTLY the same spot as this Equinox was parked I saw this. Now that lacked class.

2021 Spring Equinox In New Hampshire: Saturday, March 20 at 05:37 am (Eastern); 09:37 Greenwich.

by Anura Guruge


Happy Spring Equinox 2021.

[It is also called the Vernal Equinox
— that being the Latin for ‘Spring’.]


I also share with you “Spring“.
In this case the ‘2021 Spring Festival Gala’ from China.

Please enjoy.


Sunrise/Sunset for New Hampshire as of the
2021 Spring Equinox.

Notice that it is NOT EXACTLY 12 hours of sunlight on the Equinox.
That is mainly because we are so good at measuring time.
It has to do with the so called precession of the Earth’s axis.
Our rotation WOBBLES like a spinning top.

From, of course (where else), ‘timeanddate.com‘.

Click to ENLARGE and view here.
Use link below for original.

Click here for the ‘timeanddate.com’ original.


Yes, we are USED to the Spring Equinox being on March 20 (or 21).

Click to ENLARGE. Also from ‘timeanddate.com’.


It being on March 19 last year was EARLY.


As is my custom let me also please share some
catching ‘Allegories of Spring’
— Allegories of Spring a tradition
going back to at least the Renaissance.


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by Anura Guruge

2020 Spring Equinox In New Hampshire: Thursday, March 19 at 11:49 pm (Eastern); 03:49 Greenwich.

by Anura Guruge


Happy Spring Equinox 2020.

[It is also called the Vernal Equinox
— that being the Latin for ‘Spring’.]

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I also share with you “Spring“.

Please enjoy.


Sunrise/Sunset for New Hampshire as of the
2020 Spring Equinox.

Notice that it is NOT EXACTLY 12 hours of sunlight on the Equinox.
That is mainly because we are so good at measuring time.
It has to do with the so called precession of the Earth’s axis.
Our rotation WOBBLES like a spinning top.

From, of course (where else), ‘timeanddate.com‘.

Click to ENLARGE and view here.
Use link below for original.

Click here for the ‘timeanddate.com’ original.


Yes, we are USED to the Spring Equinox being on March 20 (or 21).

Click to ENLARGE. Also from ‘timeanddate.com’.


This is the earliest it has been in the US in 124 years.

The key here, however, is ‘US’. It is still March 20 in Greenwich — and to us astronomers that is good enough.

Rather convoluted explanation as to why it is this early. If you really want to know, here is a link.

But note, it will again be March 19 — in the US — in 4-years. Yes, that it is also a LEAP YEAR does have a bearing.


As is my custom let me also please share some
catching ‘Allegories of Spring’.

 

 


Related posts:
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Check Category ‘astronomy’.


by Anura Guruge

2019 Spring Equinox In New Hampshire: Wednesday, March 20 at 5:58 pm (Eastern); 21:58 Greenwich.

by Anura Guruge


Happy Spring Equinox 2019.

[It is also called the Vernal Equinox
— that being the Latin for ‘Spring’.]

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I also share with you “Spring“.

Please enjoy.


Sunrise/Sunset for New Hampshire as of the
2019 Spring Equinox.

Notice that it is NOT EXACTLY 12 hours of sunlight on the Equinox.
That is mainly because we are so good at measuring time.
It has to do with the so called precession of the Earth’s axis.
Our rotation WOBBLES like a spinning top.

From, of course (where else), ‘timeanddate.com‘.

Click to ENLARGE and view here.
Use link below for original.

Click here for the ‘timeanddate.com’ original.


As is my custom let me also please share some
catching ‘Allegories of Spring’.


Related posts:
Search ‘Spring Equinox’.
Check Category ‘astronomy’.


by Anura Guruge

2018 Spring Equinox In New Hampshire: Tuesday, March 20 at 12:15 pm (Eastern); 16:15 Greenwich.

by Anura Guruge


Happy Spring Equinox 2018.

[It is also called the Vernal Equinox
— that being the Latin for ‘Spring’.]

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I also share with you Donovan’s haunting
“Lullaby of Spring”

Please enjoy.


Sunrise/Sunset for New Hampshire as of the
2018 Spring Equinox.

Notice that it is NOT EXACTLY 12 hours of sunlight on the Equinox.
That is mainly because we are so good at measuring time.
It has to do with the so called precession of the Earth’s axis.
Our rotation WOBBLES like a spinning top.

From, of course (where else), ‘timeanddate.com‘.

Click to ENLARGE and view here.
Use link below for original.

Click here for the ‘timeanddate.com’ original.


As is my custom let me also please share some
catching ‘Allegories of Spring’.


Related posts:
Search ‘Spring Equinox’.
Check Category ‘astronomy’.


by Anura Guruge

2017 Spring Equinox In New Hampshire: Monday, March 20 at 6:29 am (Eastern); 10:29 Greenwich.

by Anura Guruge


Happy Spring Equinox 2016.

[It is also called the Vernal Equinox
— that being the Latin for ‘Spring’.]

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John William North (British), 1888–90


I also share with you, “The Beauty of Spring”.

Please enjoy.


Sunrise/Sunset for New Hampshire as of the
2017 Spring Equinox.

Notice that it is NOT EXACTLY 12 hours of sunlight on the Equinox.
That is mainly because we are so good at measuring time.
It has to do with the so called precession of the Earth’s axis.
Our rotation WOBBLES like a spinning top.

From, of course (where else), ‘timeanddate.com‘.

Click to ENLARGE and view here.
Use link below for original.


Click here for the ‘timeanddate.com’ original.


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by Anura Guruge

Easter Sunday Can Never Fall On A Full Moon.

by Anura Guruge


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In case you, like I, have ever wondered if this was possible.

Yes, the rule-of-thumb as to when Easter falls is: first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the Spring (i.e. vernal) equinox. But the Church being what it is it does NOT use the astronomical Full Moon of March or April or for that matter the astronomical equinox. Instead the Church uses the ‘ecclesiastical full moon’ and March 21, every year, as the date of the Spring Equinox. So one could argue that there MIGHT be a very slim chance that the actual Full Moon could fall on Easter Sunday.

Irrespective of probabilities and odds the Church has made sure, centuries ago, that this can never happen. IF by some miracle Easter Sunday falls on a Full Moon Easter is pushed back a week!

Amazing … right?


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by Anura Guruge

2016 Spring Equinox In New Hampshire Will Be On Sunday, March 20 at 12:30 am (Eastern); 04:30 Greenwich.

by Anura Guruge


Happy Spring Equinox 2016.

As is my custom let me please share some
catching ‘Allegories of Spring‘.

[It is also called the Vernal Equinox
— that being the Latin for ‘Spring’.]

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Polish Jerzy Siemiginowski-Eleuter (c. 1660 – c. 1711).

Thought to be British (Scottish) Arthur Henry Jenkins (1871 – 1940).

German Alexander Bruckmann (1806 – 1852).

German Johannes Kleinschmidt (1858 – 1905).


I also share with you, “Sunrise, Sunset”
from “Fiddler on the Roof“.

Please enjoy.

sprin2016fiddler

Click to access YouTube video.


Sunrise/Sunset for New Hampshire up to/after the
March 20, 2016 Spring Equinox.

Notice that it is NOT EXACTLY 12 hours of sunlight on the Equinox.
That is mainly because we are so good at measuring time.
It has to do with the so called precession of the Earth’s axis.
Our rotation WOBBLES like a spinning top.

From, of course (where else), ‘timeanddate.com‘.

Click to ENLARGE and view here.
Use link below for original.


Click here for the ‘timeanddate.com’ original.


Related posts:
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++++ Check Category ‘astronomy’ >>>>


by Anura Guruge

Revels (Cambridge) ‘Spring Sing’ 2016 — A Day Ahead Of The Vernal Equinox, March 19.

by Anura Guruge


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Use this link to access the Revels (Cambridge) Website for event.

revels2016springbash

 


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by Anura Guruge


Today, March 20, 2013, Is The Spring (Vernal) Equinox At 7:02 AM (Eastern), 11:02 GMT.

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by
Anura Guruge


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>> Spring (Vernal) Equinox 2013 … Feb. 5, 2013.


We are there at least per our relationship with the Sun.
It is now downhill all the way to Summer.

You would never know that in New Hampshire. We had a ton of snow today.





A diagram I did for yet another unfinished book!

A diagram I did for yet another unfinished book!


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Click to ENLARGE. Take a minute to savor this classic by Botticelli. Primavera, the ‘Allegory of Spring’.


Past Google Doodles for the Spring Equinox.

Past Google Doodles for the Spring Equinox.


Spring in Italy, with its Mediterranean climate, would start in March. The spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, when the length of the day and that of night are closest to being equal occurs around March 20 or 21. The equinoxes, is also when the sun, in a given geography, will rise as close to due east as it ever gets.

We have two equinoxes a year, six months apart. So the other one is in September, around the 22nd or 23rd.

In the Northern Hemisphere, following the spring equinox, the point where the Sun rises each day will shift to the northeast, on a daily basis, reaching the furthest point northeast on the day of the summer solstice (the distance between the two points more pronounced as you move away from the equator). Then, each day, the sun rise point will start moving back towards the east reaching the east most point come the September equinox. Following that, up until the winter solstice in December, the sun rise direction starts drifting to the southeast. After this solstice, the sun rise direction again starts moving back, slowly, towards the east ….

Our early ancestors, even when they were dwelling in caves, carefully observed the daily motions of the sun and the moon. In time they recognized and learnt the unvarying, regular patterns of when and where the Sun would rise (and set), as the seasons changed as made apparent by the changes in temperature and the growth cycles of trees and plants.

They also used various ‘uprights,’ whether it be sticks, tree trunks or stone columns, as early sun dials, to track, measure and understand how the length and angle of shadows caused by the Sun changed during the day, as well as on a daily basis – the day-to-day changes occurring per a repeating pattern, punctuated by the equinoxes and solstices. It, however, took quite a few millennia (probably between four to six) before all the physics associated with equinoxes and solstices would be accurately sorted out – finally coming to terms, around the 17th century, that the Earth revolved around the Sun, rather than the other way around, being a crucial step.