During April, the days grow significantly longer since the equinox (the first day of spring). The Sun rises earlier and sets later, and is now quite high in the sky at noon. As a result, by month’s end, the length of daylight is almost two hours longer than at the beginning of spring. Note in the figure that, by … Continue reading

Seasonal Twilight

  Twilight is the shortest during the spring and fall. In the morning, before sunrise, daylight comes on quickly closest to the equinoxes. In the evening, after sunset, night falls quickly, as the sky fades after sunset. Equinoctial twilights can be 45 minutes in the mid-temperate latitudes of North America. However, summer twilights are the longest of the year! In … Continue reading

The Sun During March

  Due to the Earth’s annual revolution, the line of sight between the Sun and the background constellations is constantly changing. This appears as the Sun moving east through the constellations of the zodiac. During March, the Sun appears to be moving from the constellation Aquarius to Pisces. In the process, the Sun crosses the celestial equator, an invisible circle … Continue reading

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