Thursday, September 22, 2011

"Equal day and night:" the Equinox

Thin-walled glass globe by trudeau
Thin-walled glass globe, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

An equinox occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth's equator.

The name "equinox" is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day have approximately equal length.