Hey, all. Good morning/weekend/etc. Feeling a bit edgy. Mom needs to see an endocrinologist now. I think she's seen every other specialty in the last couple years, sooo... Now what? We find out more today (Saturday) b/c they sent something in the mail to her and she wants us to read it in person. Off we go as soon as Hubby gets dressed. (This takes time. He has to mismatch very carefully;-D )
Happy Autumn/Spring Equinox!
"Equinox" comes from Latin for "equal nights", but in fact, the day and night aren't exactly equal in length on an equinox.
Day is a bit longer. THis is because (weirdly enough) the sunrise is counted from when the sun's edge is visible, not th ecenter of the sun. THis shaves a few moments off "night" and then sunset is when the last of sun is visible over the "edge" --- well, the horizon line of wherever you are, actually, "edge" is inaccurate but easier to type. So... Day is a little wee bit tiny longer than night even on an equinox.
At the equator --- no such. Nope. In fact, latitude determines what date gives you the nearest equal time of day and night. Yep. Latitude. Nearer equator? Northern Hemisphere might not see it this year (per timeanddate dot com) October 17 (5 degrees north). Around 40 degrees north of the equator (the Kansas-Nebraska state border in the USA, for easier reference), it's September 26. You're up around 60th parallel north? You're on the boundary between the northernmost and rest-of-Canada line (Yukon Territory is north of 60*, for example, along with Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and they'll see equal-as-possible day-night hours September 25.
When you get to 60* north latitude? White nights territory. AKA "lands of the midnight sun". AKA "too far north even for me."
At 60* South, btw, you get... ocean. It's crossing ocean. Thanks to the Antarctic currents and weather patterns, 60* South and onward toward Antarctica are known as the "Screaming 60s" for the rotten weather for ocean-going vessels. Waves, wind, storms, crap-fests, you name it. Ugh.
The Arctic and ANtarctic circles are currently around 66* north/south of teh equator respectively. They drift a bit over a few eons. Don't ask me why or how. Thta one is, as far as I can tell, based on calculations only, since nobody's been sticking a pin in a map for 40,000 years that we know of...
And on that note... Off to worry and wonder and so forth.
Purrs and warm fuzzy comfort to all!
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