Google Doodle today on March 20 celebrates Spring Equinox 2019, a celestial event that marks the beginning of spring in many cultures.
Spring Equinox is the first day of the season which generally falls on Thursday, when the day and night are in equal length.
An equinox is regarded as the instant of time when Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun, making it visible directly above it.
This phenomenon occurs about two times in a year, once on March 20 and then on September 23. It is called the Spring Equinox or the Vernal in the northern hemisphere
The word equinox finds its origin in Latin and means equal and night. Which means almost everywhere in the world, nighttime and daytime will be 12 hours long.
This event marks the change of seasons and the how the light shifts to make the day time longer than the nights, meaning the end of winters and the beginning of warmer days or summers.
On the day of the equinox, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. Today, one may also be able to witness the Super worm moon for the first time in 19 years.
This phenomenon happened last time in 2000 when the fall moon landed close to the first day of the spring and it won’t happen again until 2030.
At 1:15 AM IST on March 20, the moon will be 2,23,309 miles away from Earth and will appear larger and brighter than usual.