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Celebrate the Spring Equinox 2017 As The Sun Heads South
The Equinox 2017: When is it and what does it mean? (CCSS Level: Grade 8, Words: 341)
Sep 25, 2017 Culture & Entertainment
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While residents of the northern half of the Earth prepare for shorter days and colder weather - September 22 marks the 2017 fall equinox in the United States and the start of autumn, at the same time in the Southern Hemisphere the equinox marks the start of spring.

There is a sky spectacle to enjoy as well. Earth's moon and the planet Jupiter will be close together in the sky, shortly after sunset. "Try looking for them as soon as the sky darkens; both the moon and Jupiter are bright and should show up in the twilight," Bruce McClure reported on the astronomy website EarthSky, adding that the sky show began last Thursday night.

In theory the orientation of the earth towards the sun on the day of the equinox means across the planet we will experience a day and a night of equal length - equinox translates from Latin to mean 'equal night.' So day and night will both be about 12 hours.

As the Earth makes its orbit around the sun, the relative position of the northern and southern hemispheres change over the course of the year.

The equinoxes happen when the plane of the equator passes the centre of the sun.

At that point, usually around September 20 and March 20 every year, the tilt of the Earth's axis is, unlike its usual orientation, neither leaning away from or towards the sun.

The only points not to experience nearly 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night equally are the north and south poles where there will be a shift from permanent day to permanent night.

Modern and ancient cultures have different ways of celebrating the equinox. The Christian church replaced many early Pagan celebrations with Christianised versions. The Christian celebration closet to the fall equinox is Michaelmas, or September 29, and is mainly observed by the Catholic Church.

The Moon Festival, which is celebrated in Chinese and Vietnamese communities all over the world on the day of the Harvest Moon, happens at the time of the Full Moon closest to the September Equinox.

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an-cient

very old


adj.古老

au-tumn

the third season of the year, when leaves fall    


n.秋季

ce-le-brate

to do something enjoyable for a special event


v.庆祝

ce-le-bra-ting

a happy get-together to mark a special event


v.庆祝

ce-le-bra-tions

a happy get-together to mark a special event

 


n.庆典

cult

something really popular amongst a group of people


n.礼拜    

dif-fer-rent

not the same


adj.不同

e-qual-ly

in the same manner


adv.一样

e-qui-nox

the time of year when day and night are of equal length


n.春分

ex-pe-ri-ence

come into contact with


v.经验

fes-ti-val

a day or time when people have a holiday and celebrate a special event


n.节日

har-vest

the season's crop


n.收成

he-mi-sphere

the half of the earth north and south of the equator


n.半球

or-bit

the path around a planet or star


n.轨道/常轨

per-ma-nent

lasting forever, never ending


adj.永久/常驻

re-place

take the place of


v.更换

re-placed 

changed one thing with another   


v.取代/代替

re-si-dents

people who live in the same place for a long time


n.居民

spec-ta-cle

a display or performance that strikes the eye


场面

spring

a material that returns to its shape after pressed or stretched


n.弹簧

ver-sion

which kind of a thing


n.版本