Why Spring Gets About 30 Seconds Shorter Every Year

March 20, 2015 5:30 PM

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Spring is here, and you might want to make the most of it. The season of flowers and showers actually gets shorter every year by about 30 seconds to a minute, due to astronomical quirks, researchers say.

This year, spring officially starts at 6:45 p.m. ET on Friday. At that exact moment — the Northern Hemisphere's vernal equinox — Earth's axis reaches a halfway mark where it points neither toward the sun (as it does on the summer solstice) nor away from the sun (as it does on the winter solstice).

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