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The cause of an equinox

The cause of an equinox

In layman's terms, the equinox happens because the planet earth is not tilted towards the sun while the sun is directly above the equator. This causes the equinox to happen.

So during this time of the year, both hemispheres get the same hours of daylight and night.

On a usual basis, the earth is tilted as it orbits around the sun, about 23.5 degrees. This tilt causes the difference in how much of the sun's radiation we receive at various times of the year.

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Monuments that mark the equinoxes

Monuments that mark the equinoxes

There are many monuments that mark the equinoxes such as the Mayan Temple in Chichen, Itza in Mexico. This temple is also known as the Temple of Kukulcan and was dedicated to a serpent god.

Another monument is the Hindu Temple Complex Angkor Wat in Cambodia wherein the sun rises directly a...

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When equinoxes happen

When equinoxes happen

The earth's year is not a consistent 365 days, often there is an extra quarter of a day that accumulates each year which causes the date of the equinox to shift.

Nevertheless, the equinox usually happens to mark the astronomical beginning of spring or autumn, but the meteorological beginni...

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The discovery of equinoxes

The discovery of equinoxes

Ancient civilizations have noticed solar changes because they've been watching and keeping track of the sun's movements not only for a hundred years but for thousands of years.

With this, their discovery of equinoxes have been a part of their culture, their plantation season - since solar ...

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The Vernal Equinox

Before the invention of calendars and other modern methods of tracking years and seasons, people relied on the position of the sun in the sky and obvious signs in nature to indicate the passing of time.

When the equator and the hemispheres of the Earth became common kn...

Orbit an rotation

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As mars orbits the Sun, it completes one rotation every 24,6 hours, which is very similar to one day on Earth (23.9 hours). Martian days are called solsβ€”short for "solar day." A year on Mars lasts 669.6 sols, which is the same as 687 Earth days.

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  • The Tropics are places within the hemisphere where the sun can be directly overhead.
  • This was essential for ancient travelers who used the sun and stars to guide their way.
  • The Tropic of Capricorn can be found at latitude 23.5 degrees south, and the Tropic of Cancer at ...

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