Spring Gets Shorter Every Year

March 21, 2015 11:23 PM

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Spring Gets Shorter Every Year

The vernal equinox, which ushers in spring, is the precise moment where the sun crosses directly over the equator and the Earth neither points toward or away from the sun. Symbolic to many cultures around the world, the event occurred at exactly 6:45 p.m. EDT on March 20, according to Gavin Schmidt, the director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City.

Shorter springs are not a new phenomenon; they’ve been happening for thousands of years, notes Larry Gerstman, a New York-based astronomer. In 2015, the longest season will be summer at 93.65 days, followed by spring at 92.76 days, fall at 89.84 days and winter at 88.99 days.

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