(CNN)Here’s a look at the equinox.
The equinox occurs twice a year when the sun is directly above the Earth’s equator and day and night are of equal length.FactsMarch 20, 2020 – The vernal equinox begins at approximately 03:49 UTC.September 22, 2020 – The autumnal equinox begins at approximately 13:30 UTC.Read MoreCalendarThe vernal equinox occurs in the Northern Hemisphere on March 19, 20 or 21. It marks the beginning of spring.The autumnal equinox occurs in the Northern Hemisphere on September 22 or 23. It marks the beginning of fall.JUST WATCHEDHappy fall! Here’s why leaves change colorReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Happy fall! Here’s why leaves change color 01:19The equinox marks the two times each year when day and night are the same length in all parts of the world.An equinox is different from a solstice, where the sun hits its northernmost or southernmost position. Solstices mark the beginning of summer (June) and winter (December).History and FactsThe term equinox comes from the Latin word equinoxium, meaning “equality between day and night.”Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.The spring and fall equinoxes have played roles in a number of historical religious and cultural celebrations across the globe.