What About the First Day of Spring? Standing eggs?


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On the first day of Spring — March 20 in 2014 — day and night hours are about equal, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Around this day, we experience the vernal equinox, the time when the Sun rolls northward across the celestial equator. This means the sun rises “exactly due east and sets exactly due west,” the almanac tells us.

The Almanac editors tried out a bit of folklore related to this period and have the results on their “Spring” page. Editors tested this: “According to folklore, you can stand a raw egg on its end on the equinox. Is this true?”

Here’s what happened:
“One spring, a few minutes before the vernal equinox, several Almanac editors tried this trick. For a full workday, 17 out of 24 eggs stood standing. Three days later, we tried this trick again and found similar results. Perhaps 3 days after the equinox was still too near. Try this yourself and let us know what happens!”

The Virginia Western Community can learn more about the equinox by logging in to Brown Library’s book catalog and searching on equinox to find this film that can be streamed: “Orbit – Earth’s Extraordinary Journey” by BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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