Image credit: Expedition 15 Crew, NASA. Poster credit: Thishan Pavithra. Download here.

The March equinox occurs at 05:14 UTC, Tuesday 20 March.  The Sun will shine directly down on the Earth’s equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world.  This is also the first day of spring (Vernal Equinox) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of fall (Autumnal Equinox) in the southern hemisphere.

Wherever you are on 20 March, 2012, celebrate your season in the cycle of life with Astronomers Without Borders.  Enjoy your own unique Equinox this year—and why not tell others about the experience?  Being mindfully aware of your place on this moving Earth may bring out the storyteller and poet in you.  We welcome you to share your event reports and poems at the AWB Members’ Blog and AWB Astropoetry Blog.  Send your poems to: [email protected].

20 March 2012

Get together with your local astronomy group or perhaps with your family and friends to celebrate the equinox in a creative way.

Join the conversation on Twitter @awb_org using #Equinox2012 with other groups around the world. Post your creative event images on our Flickr or Facebook page.

March 2012 Euqinox information